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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to New England
New Hampshire
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)
 
1845

GOD bless New Hampshire!—from her granite peaks
  Once more the voice of Stark and Langdon speaks.
The long-bound vassal of the exulting South
  For very shame her self-forged chain has broken,—
Torn the black seal of slavery from her mouth,        5
  And in the clear tones of her old time spoken!
O all undreamed-of, all unhoped-for changes!—
  The tyrant’s ally proves his sternest foe;
To all his biddings, from her mountain ranges,
  New Hampshire thunders an indignant No!        10
 
Who is it now despairs? O faint of heart,
  Look upward to those Northern mountains cold,
  Flouted by Freedom’s victor-flag unrolled,
And gather strength to bear a manlier part!
All is not lost. The angel of God’s blessing        15
  Encamps with Freedom on the field of fight;
Still to her banner, day by day, are pressing,
  Unlooked-for allies, striking for the right!
Courage, then, Northern hearts!—Be firm, be true:
What one brave state hath done, can ye not also do?        20
 
 
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