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Van Dyke Liberty Enlightening the World

Liberty Enlightening The World - Poem by Henry Van Dyke

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Thou warden from the western gate, above Manhatten Bay,
The fogs of doubt that hid thy face are impelled clean away:
Thine eyes finally look far and obvious, thou liftest high thy hands
To spread the sunshine of liberty world-wide for each land.

Forget about thou dreamest of the peace reserved alone for thee,
While buddies are fighting for thy cause past the protector ocean:
The fight they wage is thine thou fallest when they fall
The inflamed ton of Prussian pride will sweep unchecked o'er all.

O cruel may be the conquer-lust in Hohenzollern brains
The pathways they plot to achieve their goal are dark with shameful stains:
No belief they keep, no law revere, no god but naked Might -
Those are the foemen of mankind. Up, Liberty, and smite!

Britain, and France, and Italia, and Russia recently born,
Have anxiously waited for thee within the evening. Oh, be comes the morn.
Peaceful and powerful and filled with belief, America, arise,
With steady hope and mighty assistance to join th brave Allies.

O dearest country of me, home from the high desire,
Make clean thy soul for sacrifice on Freedom's altar-fire:
For thou must suffer, thou must fight, before the warlords cease,

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