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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
The City
By Richard Watson Gilder
OH, dear is the song of the pine
  When the wind of the night-time blows,
And dear is the murmuring river
  That afar through my childhood flows;
And soft is the raindrops’ beat        5
  And the fountain’s lyric play,
But to me no music is half so sweet
  As the thunder of Broadway!
Stream of the living world
  Where dash the billows of strife!—        10
One plunge in the mighty torrent
  Is a year of tamer life!
City of glorious days,
  Of hope, and labour, and mirth,
With room, and to spare, on thy splendid bays        15
  For the ships of all the earth!

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