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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
July 4
England and America
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)
          Signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

O THOU, that sendest out the man
  To rule by land and sea,
Strong mother of a lion-line,
Be proud of these strong sons of thine
  Who wrenched their rights from thee!        5
What wonder if in noble heat
  Those men thine arms withstood,
Retaught the lesson thou had’st taught,
And in thy spirit with thee fought,—
  Who sprang from English blood.        10
But thou rejoice with liberal joy,
  Lift up thy rocky face,
And shatter, when the storms are black,
In many a streaming torrent back,
  The seas that shock thy base!        15
Whatever harmonies of law
  The growing world assume,
Thy work is thine—The single note
From that deep chord which Hampden smote
  Will vibrate to the doom.        20

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