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

Introductory to New England

New Hampshire

By John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892)


GOD bless New Hampshire!—from her granite peaks

Once more the voice of Stark and Langdon speaks.

The long-bound vassal of the exulting South

For very shame her self-forged chain has broken,—

Torn the black seal of slavery from her mouth,

And in the clear tones of her old time spoken!

O all undreamed-of, all unhoped-for changes!—

The tyrant’s ally proves his sternest foe;

To all his biddings, from her mountain ranges,

New Hampshire thunders an indignant No!

Who is it now despairs? O faint of heart,

Look upward to those Northern mountains cold,

Flouted by Freedom’s victor-flag unrolled,

And gather strength to bear a manlier part!

All is not lost. The angel of God’s blessing

Encamps with Freedom on the field of fight;

Still to her banner, day by day, are pressing,

Unlooked-for allies, striking for the right!

Courage, then, Northern hearts!—Be firm, be true:

What one brave state hath done, can ye not also do?