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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
September 6
The Pilgrim Fathers
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
          The ship Mayflower, bearing the Pilgrims, sailed from Southampton, England, Sept. 6, 1620.

WELL worthy to be magnified are they
Who, with sad hearts, of friends and country took
A last farewell, their loved abodes forsook,
And hallowed ground in which their fathers lay;
Then to the new-found World explored their way,        5
That so a Church, unforced, uncalled to brook
Ritual restraints, within some sheltering nook
Her Lord might worship and His word obey
In freedom. Men they were who could not bend;
Blest Pilgrims, surely, as they took for guide        10
A will by sovereign Conscience sanctified;
Blest while their Spirits from the woods ascend
Along a Galaxy that knows no end,
But in His glory who for Sinners died.
 
 
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