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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
 
I. Patriotism
America to Great Britain
Washington Allston (1779–1843)
 
      ALL hail; thou noble land,
        Our Fathers’ native soil!
      O, stretch thy mighty hand,
        Gigantic grown by toil,
O’er the vast Atlantic wave to our shore!        5
      For thou with magic might
      Canst reach to where the light
      Of Phœbus travels bright
        The world o’er!
 
      The genius of our clime        10
        From his pine-embattled steep
      Shall hail the guest sublime;
        While the Tritons of the deep
With their conchs the kindred league shall proclaim.
      Then let the world combine,—        15
      O’er the main our naval line
      Like the Milky Way shall shine
        Bright in flame!
 
      Though ages long have passed
        Since our Fathers left their home,        20
      Their pilot in the blast,
        O’er untravelled seas to roam,
Yet lives the blood of England in our veins!
      And shall we not proclaim
      That blood of honest fame        25
      Which no tyranny can tame
        By its chains?
 
      While the language free and bold
        Which the Bard of Avon sung,
      In which our Milton told        30
        How the vault of heaven rung
When Satan, blasted, fell with his host;
      While this, with reverence meet,
      Ten thousand echoes greet,
      From rock to rock repeat        35
        Round our coast;
 
      While the manners, while the arts,
        That mould a nation’s soul,
      Still cling around our hearts,—
        Between let Ocean roll,        40
Our joint communion breaking with the sun:
      Yet still from either beach
      The voice of blood shall reach,
      More audible than speech,
        “We are One.”        45
 
 
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