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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX. 1876–79.

Introductory to America

England to America

By William James Linton (1812–1897)


A HUNDRED years!

Too long for memory of the justest feud!

Last century’s quarrel to its end pursued

And yours the triumph, may not we grasp hands,

Now each one stands

Apart from fears?


Brothers! that word

Makes Tyranny weak; Wrong flies, nor looks behind,

Driven as dry leaves before the herald wind

That clears the way for spring’s most gentle flowers.

O waiting hours!

Your plaint is heard.

Land named of hope!

Our best have hailed the promise of thy growth;

Surely hath honor’s race-ground room for both

America and England, side by side,

Yet leaving pride

Sufficient scope.

New England! ours

Art thou, as England’s thine: thy children own

The common parentage. Nor they alone,

But wheresoe’er is heard our English tongue—

World-widely flung

For coming hours.

Be with us then,

Thou greater England! second but in time:

Our age shall welcome our young giant’s prime,

As in his sons a father takes delight,

Proud of the height

Of younger men.

O’erstride our fame!

Step past the extremest stretch of our renown!

Wreathe round Columbia’s head the laurel crown

Our old heroic worth can well assign!

The crown be thine—

In England’s name!

For we are one,—

In race, in will, in energy the same:

Twin aspirations of one-tonguéd flame.

England were fain to see you climb beyond

Our hopes most fond,

And all we have done.