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Poetry | Richardson & Company | 1866
Transcription "IS THERE, THEN, NO HOPE FOR THE NA TIONS?" 25
"IS THERE, THEN, NO HOPE FOR THE NATIONS?"
CHARLESTON COURIER.
Is there, then, no hope for the nations ?
Must the record of Time be the same?
And shall History, in all her narrations,
Still close each last chapter in shame?
Shall the valor which grew to be glorious,
Prove the shame, as the pride of a race :
And a people, for ages victorious,
Through the arts of the chapman, grow base?
Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian, and Roman,
Each strides o'er the scene and departs !
How valiant their deeds 'gainst the foeman,
How wondrous their virtues and arts !
Rude valor, at first, when beginning,
The nation through blood took its name ;
Then the wisdom, which hourly winning
New heights in its march, rose to Fame !
How noble the tale for long ages,
Blending Beauty with courage and might !!
What Heroes, what Poets, and Sages,
Made eminent stars for each height !
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