SELECTIONS FROM "TWO PICTURES: A CENTENNIAL POEM."
WEDDED to Freedom on her hundredth birthday!
Mature in years, and life aglow with health,
Bright buds of hope are blooming on her pathway
Prophetic promise of her future-wealth!
Her home__a continent of God's creating.
Her dower__primeval Nature's boundless store
Of soil productive, and rich mines, awaiting
To lay their buried treasures at her door.
Her pride__the memory of the noble martyrs,
Whose blood baptized the realm of liberty.
Her strength__a serried host of sons and daughters,
Whose hearts and arms are nerved by loyalty.
Her glory__freedom of the humblest person
Who breathes unfettered from the taint of crime.
Her power__the written law, blest Freedom's charter,
That guards her people's rights in every clime.
Her shrine the sanctuary of myriad hearth-stones
Whence prayer or praise ascends. Her faith__the creed
That God vouchsafes to every soul created,
Such free oblation as it choose or need,
Her wealth__the wisdom of an age supernal.
Her hope__the genius of the good and true.
Her flag__a symbol of the stars eternal,
That deck the vaulted dome of heaven's blue!