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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1296. The Spirit of the Maine
 
By Tudor Jenks
 
 
IN battle-line of sombre gray
  Our ships-of-war advance,
As Red Cross Knights in holy fray
  Charged with avenging lance.
And terrible shall be thy plight,        5
  O fleet of cruel Spain!
For ever in our van doth fight
  The spirit of the Maine!
 
As when beside Regillus Lake
  The Great Twin Brethren came        10
A righteous fight for Rome to make
  Against the Deed of Shame—
So now a ghostly ship shall doom
  The fleet of treacherous Spain:
Before her guilty soul doth loom        15
  The spirit of the Maine!
 
A wraith arrayed in peaceful white,
  As when asleep she lay
Above the traitorous mine that night
  Within Havana Bay,        20
She glides before the avenging fleet,
  A sign of woe to Spain.
Brave though her sons, how shall they meet
  The spirit of the Maine!
 

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