Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley— Volume 1

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Author: James Whitcomb Riley

IV

O Liberty—the dearest word
A bleeding country ever heard,—
We lay our hopes upon thy shrine
And offer up our lives for thine.
You gave us many happy years
Of peace and plenty ere the tears
A mourning country wept were dried
Above the graves of those who died
Upon thy threshold. And again
When newer wars were bred, and men
Went marching in the cannon’s breath
And died for thee and loved the death,
While, high above them, gleaming bright,
The dear old flag remained in sight,
And lighted up their dying eyes
With smiles that brightened paradise.
O Liberty, it is thy power
To gladden us in every hour
Of gloom, and lead us by thy hand
As little children through a land
Of bud and blossom; while the days
Are filled with sunshine, and thy praise
Is warbled in the roundelays
Of joyous birds, and in the song
Of waters, murmuring along
The paths of peace, whose flowery fringe
Has roses finding deeper tinge
Of crimson, looking on themselves
Reflected—leaning from the shelves
Of cliff and crag and mossy mound
Of emerald splendor shadow-drowned.—
We hail thy presence, as you come
With bugle blast and rolling drum,
And booming guns and shouts of glee
Commingled in a symphony
That thrills the worlds that throng to see
The glory of thy pageantry.
0And with thy praise, we breathe a prayer
That God who leaves you in our care
May favor us from this day on
With thy dear presence—till the dawn
Of Heaven, breaking on thy face,
Lights up thy first abiding place.

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Chicago: James Whitcomb Riley, "IV," Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley— Volume 1, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley—Volume 1 (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed January 22, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PB1JYEPXWWXXPHB.

MLA: Riley, James Whitcomb. "IV." Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley— Volume 1, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley—Volume 1, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 22 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PB1JYEPXWWXXPHB.

Harvard: Riley, JW, 'IV' in Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley— Volume 1, ed. and trans. . cited in 1850, Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley—Volume 1, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PB1JYEPXWWXXPHB.