Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume I/America

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Poems, Volume I by Florence Earle Coates
America

AMERICA[1]

THY children are inspired by thee:
Blest by thy gift of liberty,
They go to make the wretched free,
  Mother-land!


They were indeed not sons of thine
Could they withhold that gift divine.
Of liberty thou art the shrine,
  Mother-land!


Thy children glory in thy name;
They write it, as with words of flame,
In deeds that put thy foes to shame,
  Mother-land!


In deeds of daring unforecast,
In deeds of valor unsurpassed,
In deeds that make thee known at last,
  Mother-land!


Thy strength it was that made them strong;
Thy justice taught them hate of wrong;
They are of thee, to thee belong,
  Mother-land!


Their lungs are filled with thy sweet breath;
Thy voice they hear, and what it saith;
They love thee, and they fear not death,
  Mother-land!

  1. Before the war for the liberation of Cuba.