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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
417. The Virginians of the Valley
 
By Francis Orrery Ticknor
 
 
THE KNIGHTLIEST of the knightly race
  That, since the days of old,
Have kept the lamp of chivalry
  Alight in hearts of gold;
The kindliest of the kindly band        5
  That, rarely hating ease,
Yet rode with Spotswood round the land,
  And Raleigh round the seas;
 
Who climbed the blue Virginian hills
  Against embattled foes,        10
And planted there, in valleys fair,
  The lily and the rose;
Whose fragrance lives in many lands,
  Whose beauty stars the earth,
And lights the hearths of happy homes        15
  With loveliness and worth.
 
We thought they slept!—the sons who kept
  The names of noble sires,
And slumbered while the darkness crept
  Around their vigil fires;        20
But aye the “Golden Horseshoe” knights
  Their old Dominion keep,
Whose foes have found enchanted ground,
  But not a knight asleep.
 

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