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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
At Gibraltar
By George Edward Woodberry (1855–1930)
 
I
ENGLAND, I stand on thy imperial ground,
  Not all a stranger: as thy bugles blow,
  I feel within my blood old battles flow,—
The blood whose ancient founts in thee are found.
Still surging dark against the Christian bound        5
  Wide Islam presses; well its peoples know
  Thy heights that watch them wandering below;
I think how Lucknow heard their gathering sound.
 
I turn, and meet the cruel, turbaned face.
  England, ’tis sweet to be so much thy son!        10
I feel the conqueror in my blood and race:
  Last night Trafalgar awed me, and to-day
Gibraltar wakened; hark, thy evening gun
  Startles the desert over Africa!
 
II
THOU art the rock of empire, set mid-seas
        15
  Between the East and West, that God has built;
  Advance thy Roman borders where thou wilt,
While run thy armies true with his decrees:
Law, justice, liberty,—great gifts are these;
  Watch that they spread where English blood is spilt,        20
  Lest, mixed and sullied with his country’s guilt,
The soldier’s life-stream flow, and Heaven displease!
 
Two swords there are: one naked, apt to smite,—
  Thy blade of war; and, battle-storied, one
Rejoices in the sheath, and hides from light.        25
  American I am: would wars were done!
Now westward, look, my country bids good-night—
  Peace to the world from ports without a gun!
 
 
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