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Poem by Edwin Arnold
Sonnet to America
America! At this thy Golden Gate, New travelled from those portals of the West, Parting—I make my reverence! It were best With backward looks to quit a Queen in state! Land of all lands most fair, and free, and great, Of countless kindred lips, wherefrom I heard Sweet speech of Shakespeare—keep it consecrate For noble uses! Land of Freedom's Bird, Fearless and proud! so let him soar that, stirred By generous joy, all lands may learn from thee A larger life, and Europe, undeterred By ancient dreads, dare also to be free Body and Soul, seeing thine eagle gaze Undazzled, upon Freedom's sun full-blaze.
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