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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
The Statue of Liberty, A. D. 2900
By Arthur Upson
New York Harbour

HERE once, the records show, a land whose pride
  Abode in Freedom’s watchword! And once here
  The port of traffic for a hemisphere,
With great gold-piling cities at her side!
Tradition says, superbly once did bide        5
  Their sculptured goddess on an island near,
  With hospitable smile and torch kept clear
For all wide hordes that sought her o’er the tide.
’Twas centuries ago. But this is true:
  Late the fond tyrant who misrules our land,        10
    Bidding his serfs dig deep in marshes old,
Trembled, not knowing wherefore, as they drew
  From out this swampy bed of ancient mould
    A shattered torch held in a mighty hand.

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