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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
971. Andromeda
 
By James Jeffrey Roche
 
 
THEY chained her fair young body to the cold and cruel stone;
The beast begot of sea and slime had marked her for his own;
The callous world beheld the wrong, and left her there alone.
Base caitiffs who belied her, false kinsmen who denied her,
        Ye left her there alone!        5
 
My Beautiful, they left thee in thy peril and thy pain;
The night that hath no morrow was brooding on the main:
But, lo! a light is breaking of hope for thee again;
’T is Perseus’ sword a-flaming, thy dawn of day proclaiming
        Across the western main.        10
O Ireland! O my country! he comes to break thy chain!
 

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