Poetry of Kansas

Columbia___ 1898.

Stand forth, O daughter of the mighty West,
    Stand forth erect in all thy native grace,
    And take with simple dignity the place
To which God calls thee. Surely, thou art blessed
With all-abounding strength that the oppressed
    Of ev'ry clime may look upon thy face
    With confidence and live: the while the mace
Of Tyranny falls weak at thy behest.
Aye, stand you forth, Columbia, erect
    Before the world, clothed in integrity;
        Free from all pride or avarice or fear,
And with thy voice and thy strong arm protect
    The right, subdue the wrong. Then Liberty
        And Law shall thrive___Injustice disappear.

__Frederick J. Atwood.

Kansas Rhymes and Other Lyrics
Frederick J. Atwood
(Topeka, Kan.: Crane & Company. 1902)
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