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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
The Columbus Parade, 1893
By Starr Hoyt Nichols
HUGE warships of all nations side by side,
Oarless and sailless, heedless of the breeze
Drive their colossal prow with conquering ease
Against the thrusting of an adverse tide;
And ’mid them three curved caravels—the pride        5
Of bold Columbus, when he clove the seas,
The windy sport of what storm-gods might please,
Seeking strange ports where keel did never ride,
Yet these leviathans are proud to dip
Their bright flags to the pigmy counterpart        10
Of his slight ships; and from the flame-wreathed lip
Of thundering cannon cheer his dauntless heart.
Greater than Cæsar’s fortunes carried well
The fragile oak of Christopher’s caravel.

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