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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
Occasional Poems
The Bartholdi Statue
 
1886

THE LAND, that, from the rule of kings,
  In freeing us, itself made free,
Our Old World Sister, to us brings
  Her sculptured Dream of Liberty:
 
Unlike the shapes on Egypt’s sands        5
  Uplifted by the toil-worn slave,
On Freedom’s soil with freemen’s hands
  We rear the symbol free hands gave.
 
O France, the beautiful! to thee
  Once more a debt of love we owe:        10
In peace beneath thy Colors Three,
  We hail a later Rochambeau!
 
Rise, stately Symbol! holding forth
  Thy light and hope to all who sit
In chains and darkness! Belt the earth        15
  With watch-fires from thy torch uplit!
 
Reveal the primal mandate still
  Which Chaos heard and ceased to be,
Trace on mid-air th’ Eternal Will
  In signs of fire: “Let man be free!”        20
 
Shine far, shine free, a guiding light
  To Reason’s ways and Virtue’s aim,
A lightning-flash the wretch to smite
  Who shields his license with thy name!
 
 
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