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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

On the Hundredth Anniversary of the French Revolution

By George Edward Woodberry (1855–1930)

[From The North Shore Watch, and Other Poems. 1890.]

SHE matched the world in arms against man’s right,

And when the Fates would stay victorious France,

With her own conquests must they dull her lance,

And legions worn with fadeless battles smite.

O laughter at the shocks of time, her might

Rejoiced in more than arms! the great advance

Through Europe of her triple ordinance

Man owes to her.—O Century, born to-night,

Fulfil her glory! Europe still hath slaves,

Scourged by the Turk, mown by the Scythian car;

Siberia, more rich in heroes’ graves

Than the most famous field of glorious war,

Yet waits; and by the bloody Cretan waves

Man suffers hope, and pleads his woe afar.