Toast to Dayton

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Toast to Dayton
by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Love of home, sublimest passion
          That the human heart can know!
Changeless still, though fate and fashion
          Rise and fall and ebb and flow,
To the glory of our nation,
          To the welfare of our state,
Let us all with veneration
          Every effort consecrate.

And our city, shall we fail her?
          Or desert her gracious cause?
Nay--with loyalty we hail her
          And revere her righteous laws.
She shall ever claim our duty,
For she shines--the brightest gem
That has ever decked with beauty
          Dear Ohio's diadem.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.