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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,
PartingI 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 Shakespearekeep 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. 



Edwin Arnold


Edwin Arnold's other poems:
  1. The Rhine and The Moselle
  2. With a Bracelet in the Form of a Snake
  3. The Division of Poland
  4. The Alchemist
  5. The Falcon-Feast


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