Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1788–1820
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. IV: Literature of the Republic, Part I., Constitutional period, 1788–1820
America to Great Britain
By Washington Allston (1779–1843)
[From Lectures on Art, and Poems, by Washington Allston. Edited by R. H. Dana, Jr. 1850.]

    ALL hail! thou noble land,
      Our Fathers’ native soil!
    Oh, stretch thy mighty hand,
      Gigantic grown by toil,
O’er the vast Atlantic wave to our shore!        5
    For thou with magic might
    Canst reach to where the light
    Of Phœbus travels bright
        The world o’er!
    The Genius of our clime,        10
      From his pine-embattled steep,
    Shall hail the guest sublime;
      While the Tritons of the deep
With their conchs the kindred league shall proclaim.
    Then let the world combine,—        15
    O’er the main our naval line
    Like the milky-way shall shine
        Bright in fame!
    Though ages long have past
      Since our Fathers left their home,        20
    Their pilot in the blast,
      O’er untravelled seas to roam,
Yet lives the blood of England in our veins!
    And shall we not proclaim
    That blood of honest fame        25
    Which no tyranny can tame
        By its chains?
    While the language free and bold
      Which the bard of Avon sung,
    In which our Milton told        30
      How the vault of heaven rung
When Satan, blasted, fell with his host;—
    While this, with reverence meet,
    Ten thousand echoes greet,
    From rock to rock repeat        35
        Round our coast;—
    While the manners, while the arts,
      That mould a nation’s soul,
    Still cling around our hearts,—
      Between let Ocean roll,        40
Our joint communion breaking with the Sun:
    Yet still from either beach
    The voice of blood shall reach,
    More audible than speech,
        “We are One.”

  Written in 1810.

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