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LO! VICTRESS ON THE PEAKS!

LO! Victress on the peaks!
Where thou standest, with mighty brow, regarding the
world,
(The world, O Libertad, that vainly conspired against thee;)
Out of its countless, beleaguering toils, after thwarting
them all;
Where thou, dominant, with the dazzling sun around thee,
Towerest now unharm'd, in immortal soundness and bloom—
lo! in this hour supreme,
No poem proud I, chanting, bring to thee—nor mastery's
rapturous verse;
But a little book, containing night's darkness, and blood-
dripping wounds,
And psalms of the dead.

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