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29. the American Nation.

by James S. Watkins.
The American Nation!
     She knows not her strength,
Whose armies are millions, through
     Her breadth and her length;
Her Union is strength--
     She dreads not the world,
Though at her, unjustly,
     They've thunderbolts hurled.

With her navy of iron,
     And sailors of steel,
She scorns haughty Europe,
     Whose tyrannic heel
Would crush with oppression
     (If crush it they could)
That birthright her freemen
     Have purchased by blood.

The American Nation!
     A light to the world,
Where Liberty's emblem,
     By freemen unfurled,
Waves aloft, in its glory,
     O'er steeple and dome,
Protecting and granting
     The oppressed a home.

The American Nation!
     All freemen we have!
No serfs, à la Russia,
     The nobleman's slave!
But a land where the poor
     The sceptre can wield,
And rule with the wealthy,
     'Neath Liberty's shield.

The American Nation!
     Independent and free!
God grant she, through ages
     United may be: [23]
Ay, grant that her banner
     Of starry-gemmed blue
Shall now and for ever
     Wave over the true.

Emerald Grove, Md.

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