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America to Old-World Bards


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America to Old-World Bards

A reminiscence from reading Walter Scott

  [begin leaf 1 verso]   [begin leaf 2 recto] The The Am qu imported ancient ballad reciting, ending Once, America, gazing I gazing toward thee, ^Mother of all, Musing, seeking as ever the themes of thee, Thank ^well for me, thou saidst, before thou goest  
  the old bards
Speak Name out the word for me acknowledging each  
  ancient past gone singers.r.
I too receive them with perfect hospitality. Well-pleased, accepting all, ^curiously prepared for,   [begin leaf 2 verso]   [begin leaf 3 recto] (Of many depbts incalculable Haply the ^New World's chiefest debts debt  
 is to past poets ? poems.)
  [begin leaf 3 verso]   [begin leaf 4 recto] Unwittingly for thee ^Far back Preluding thee, ^America America, First Egyp chants, Egyptian priests and those of  
The Hindu epics, the Grecian, the Chinese, and the  
The Biblic books and prophets, the beauteous  
 deep idylls of the Nazarene,
The Iliad, Odyssey, ^plots, doings, wanderings of Eneas, Hesiod Eschylus, Sophocles, Merlin, Arthur,
  [begin leaf 4 verso]   [begin leaf 5 recto] These as a mighty great As some great shadowy group, ^gathering around Launching, long-darting, Darting m a their mighty  
  many crowding masterful eyes ^forward at thee
Thee Thou, with ^as now thy ben thy thy bending head an  
 neck and head  
 with courteous hand & workd word  
Thee Thou, as pausing for a moment, ^ bending thine drop'st thine eyes  
  observing on them, ^the past enteresting at  
 thy entrance-porch.
Preluding thee America
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