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     Welcome to the sunny Vineland,
Which thy fathers sought of old!

Soft as flow of Silja's waters,
     When the moon of summer shines,
Strong as Winter from his mountains
     Roaring through the sleeted pines.

Heart and ear, we long have listened
     To thy saga, rune, and song;
As a household joy and presence
     We have known and loved thee long.

By the mansion's marble mantel,
     Round the log-walled cabin's hearth,
Thy sweet thoughts and northern fancies
     Meet and mingle with our mirth.

And o'er weary spirits keeping
     Sorrow's night-watch, long and chill,
Shine they like thy sun of summer
     Over midnight vale and hill.

We alone to thee are strangers,
     Thou our friend and teacher art;
Come, and know us as we know thee;
     Let us meet thee heart to heart!

To our homes and household altars
     We, in turn, thy steps would lead,
As thy loving hand has led us
     O'er the threshold of the Swede.


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