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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
At Gibraltar (II.)
By George Edward Woodberry (1855–1930)
 
THOU art the rock of empire, set mid-seas
  Between the East and West, that God has built;
  Advance thy Roman borders where thou wilt,
While run thy armies true with his decrees,
Law, justice, liberty—great gifts are these;        5
  Watch that they spread where English blood is spilt,
Lest, mixed and sullied with his country’s guilt
The soldier’s lifestream flow, and Heaven displease!
 
Two swords there are: one naked, apt to smite
  Thy blade of war; and, battle-storied, one        10
Rejoices in the sheath, and hides from light.
  American I am; would wars were done!
Now westward, look, my country bids good-night—
  Peace to the world from ports without a gun!
 
 
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