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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Original Ode—New England
By George Denison Prentice (1802–1870)
CLIME of the brave! the high heart’s home,
  Laved by the wild and stormy sea!
Thy children, in this far-off land,
  Devote to-day their hearts to thee.
Our thoughts, despite of space and time,        5
To-day are in our native clime,
Where pass’d our sinless years, and where
Our infant heads first bow’d in prayer.
Stern land! we love thy woods and rocks,
  Thy rushing streams, thy winter glooms;        10
And memory, like a pilgrim gray,
  Kneels at thy temples and thy tombs:
The thought of these, where’er we dwell,
Come o’er us like a holy spell,
A star to light our path of tears,        15
A rainbow on the sky of years!
Above thy cold and rocky breast
  The tempest sweeps, the night-wind wails,
But virtue, peace and love, like birds,
  Are nestled mid thy hills and vales;        20
And glory, o’er each plain and glen,
Walks with thy free and iron men,
And lights her sacred beacon still
On Bennington and Bunker Hill.

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