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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

To America

By George Henry Boker (1823–1890)

WHAT, cringe to Europe! Band it all in one,

Stilt its decrepit strength, renew its age,

Wipe out its debts, contract a loan to wage

Its venal battles—and, by yon bright sun,

Our God is false, and liberty undone,

If slaves have power to win your heritage!

Look on your country, God’s appointed stage,

Where man’s vast mind its boundless course shall run:

For that it was your stormy coast He spread—

A fear in winter; girded you about

With granite hills, and made you strong and dread.

Let him who fears before the foemen shout,

Or gives an inch before a vein has bled,

Turn on himself, and let the traitor out!