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[179] Lead us away in shadow and sunshine,
     Slaves of fancy, through all thy miles,
The winding ways of Pemigewasset,
     And Winnipesaukee's hundred isles.

Shatter in sunshine over thy ledges,
     Laugh in thy plunges from fall to fall;
Play with thy fringes of elms, and darken
     Under the shade of the mountain wall.

The cradle-song of thy hillside fountains
     Here in thy glory and strength repeat;
Give us a taste of thy upland music,
     Show us the dance of thy silver feet.

Into thy dutiful life of uses
     Pour the music and weave the flowers;
With the song of birds and bloom of meadows
     Lighten and gladden thy heart and ours.

Sing on! bring down, O lowland river,
     The joy of the hills to the waiting sea;
The wealth of the vales, the pomp of mountains,
     The breath of the woodlands, bear with thee.

Here, in the calm of thy seaward valley,
     Mirth and labor shall hold their truce;
Dance of water and mill of grinding,
     Both are beauty and both are use.

Type of the Northland's strength and glory,
     Pride and hope of our home and race,—
Freedom lending to rugged labor
     Tints of beauty and lines of grace.

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