Collection of Kansas Poetry

COMPILED BY
Miss Hattie Horner
 
                                                                                                                       

 J. LEE KNIGHT. 79

 
SELECTIONS FROM "TWO PICTURES: A CENTENNIAL POEM."
 
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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!   
 
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