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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
England to America
By William Watson (1858–1935)
 
From ‘The Purple East’

O TOWERING Daughter, Titan of the West,
  Behind a thousand leagues of foam secure;
  Thou toward whom our inmost heart is pure
Of ill intent: although thou threatenest
With most unfilial hand thy mother’s breast,        5
  Not for one breathing-space may Earth endure
  The thought of War’s intolerable cure
For such vague pains as vex to-day thy rest!
But if thou hast more strength than thou canst spend
  In tasks of Peace, and find’st her yoke too tame,        10
Help us to smite the cruel, to befriend
  The succorless, and put the false to shame.
  So shall the ages laud thee, and thy name
Be lovely among nations to the end.
 
 
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