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Poem by Henry Van Dyke

Francis Makemie

(Presbyter of Christ in Americas 1683-1708) 

To thee, plain hero of a rugged race,
We bring the meed of praise too long delayed!
Thy fearless word and faithful work have made 
For Gods Republic firmer path and place
In this New World: thou hast proclaimed the grace
And power of Christ in many a forest glade,
Teaching the truth that leaves men unafraid 
Of frowning tyranny or deaths dark face. 

Oh, who can tell how much we owe to thee,
Makemie, and to labour such as thine,
For all that makes America the shrine
Of faith untrammeled and of conscience free?
Stand here, grey stone, and consecrate the sod
Where rests this brave Scotch-Irish man of God!

Henry Van Dyke

Henry Van Dyke's other poems:
  1. The Ancestral Dwelling
  2. A Legend of Service
  3. Patria
  4. A Lovers Envy
  5. Sea-Gulls of Manhattan

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