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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Introductory
America to Great Britain
Washington Allston (1779–1843)
 
    ALL hail, thou noble land,
      Our Fathers’ native soil!
    O, 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.”        45
 
 
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