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Major a blessed host comes one Who held a warring kingdom in his center; Who knew love’s pain, yet had no half In love’s satisfaction; whose strong activity was once performed via blood and tears that we would stroll in pleasure, And this day’s rapture personal no unhappy alloy. round him heirs of bliss, whose shiny brows put on Palm-leaves amid their laurels ever reasonable. Gaily they arrive, as if the drum Beat out the decision their completely happy hearts knew so good: Brothers once again, expensive as of yore, Who in a noble clash nobly fell. Their blood washed natural yon banner within the sky, And quenched the manufacturers laid ’neath those arches excessive— The courageous who, having fought, can by no means die. Then surging throughout the vastness upward thrust once again The aureoled heirs of sunshine, who onward bore via darksome instances and trackless nation-states of ruth The flag of good looks and the torch of fact. They tore the masks from the foul face of flawed; Even to God’s mysteries they dared aspire; excessive within the choir they equipped yon altar-fire, And stuffed those aisles with colour and with tune: The ever-young, the unfallen, wreathing for time clean garlands of the seeming-vanished years; Faces lengthy luminous, distant, elegant, And shining brows nonetheless dewy with our tears. again with the previous comfortable smile comes one we knew— We bade him rear our condominium of pleasure to-day. yet attractiveness opened vast her starry manner, And he handed on. vivid champions of the genuine, squaddies of peace, seers, singers ever blest,— From the vast ether of a loftier quest Their winged souls throng our rites to glorify,— The clever who, having recognized, can by no means die. Democracy For, lo! the residing God doth naked his arm. not more he makes his condominium of clouds and gloom. flippantly the shuttles flow inside of his loom; Unveiled his thunder leaps to satisfy the hurricane. From God’s correct hand guy takes the powers that sway A universe of stars. He bows them down; he bids them cross or remain; He tames them for his wars He scans the burning paces of the sunlight, And names the invisible orbs whose classes run during the dim deeps of area. He sees in dew upon a rose impearled The swarming legions of a monad global start life’s upward race. Voices of wish he hears lengthy dumb to his depression, And desires of golden years Meet for a global so reasonable. For now Democracy doth wake and upward thrust From the candy sloth of juvenile. via storms made robust, by means of many desires made clever, He clasps the hand of fact. during the armed international locations lies his course of peace, The open e-book of information in his hand. foodstuff to the ravenous, to the oppressed free up, And like to all he bears from land to land. ahead of his march the limitations fall, The legislation develop light at his name. His gleaming breath blows far-off The fogs that veil the arrival day,— That wondrous day whilst earth shall sing as in the course of the blue she rolls encumbered with pleasure for all her thronging souls. Then shall want’s name to sin resound not more throughout her teeming fields. And ache shall sleep, Soothed by way of courageous technology together with her magic lore; And struggle not more shall bid the international locations weep.