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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
215. Astræa
 
By John Greenleaf Whittier
 
 
              “JOVE means to settle
Astræa in her seat again,
And let down from his golden chain
      An age of better metal.”—BEN JONSON, 1615.
 
 
O POET rare and old!
  Thy words are prophecies;
Forward the age of gold,
  The new Saturnian lies.
 
The universal prayer        5
  And hope are not in vain;
Rise, brothers! and prepare
  The way for Saturn’s reign.
 
Perish shall all which takes
  From labor’s board and can;        10
Perish shall all which makes
  A spaniel of the man!
 
Free from its bonds the mind,
  The body from the rod;
Broken all chains that bind        15
  The image of our God.
 
Just men no longer pine
  Behind their prison-bars;
Through the rent dungeon shine
  The free sun and the stars.        20
 
Earth own, at last, untrod
  By sect, or caste, or clan,
The fatherhood of God,
  The brotherhood of man!
 
Fraud fail, craft perish, forth        25
  The money-changers driven,
And God’s will done on earth,
  As now in heaven!
 

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