The Centennial Hymn

Author: William Cullen Bryant  | Date: 1864


Through calm and storm the years have led

Our nation on, from stage to stage-

A century’s space- until we tread

The threshold of another age.

We see where o’er our pathway swept

A torrent-stream of blood and fire,

And thank the Guardian Power who kept

Our sacred League of States entire.

Oh, chequered train of years, farewell!

With all thy strifes and hopes and fears!

Yet with us let thy memories dwell,

To warn and teach the coming years.

And thou, the new-beginning age,

Warned by the past, and not in vain,

Write on a fairer, whiter page,

The record of thy happier reign.

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