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Source: The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley
Source type: book
Document type: poem
Document title: “America”
Author(s): Riley, James Whitcomb
Edition: Memorial edition
Volume number: 8
Publisher: Harper and Brothers Publishers
Place of publication: New York, New York
Year of publication: 1916
Pagination: 2000-01

Riley, James Whitcomb. “America.” The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley. Memorial ed. Vol. 8. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1916: pp. 2000-01.
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McKinley assassination (poetry).
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From title page: The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley: Including Poems and Prose Sketches, Many of Which Have Not Heretofore Been Published; An Authentic Biography, an Elaborate Index and Numerous Illustrations in Color from Paintings by Howard Chandler Christy and Ethel Franklin Betts.




O Thou, AmericaMessiah of Nations!


     IN the need that bows us thus,
     Shape a mighty song for us—
     Song to whelm a hundred years’
     Roar of wars and rain of tears
     ’Neath a world’s triumphant cheers:
               America! America!


     Lift the trumpet to thy mouth,
     East and West and North and South—
     Call us round the dazzling shrine
     Of the starry old ensign—
     New baptized in blood of thine,
               America! America! [2000][2001]


     Dying eyes through pitying mists,
     See the Assassin’s shackled wrists,
     Patient eyes that turn their sight
     From all blackening crime and blight
     Still toward Heaven’s holy light—
               America! America!


     High o’erlooking sea and land,
     Trustfully with outheld hand,
     Thou dost welcome all in quest
     Of thy freedom, peace and rest—
     Every exile is thy guest,
               America! America!


     Thine a universal love,
     Thine the cross and crown thereof,
     Aid us, then, to sing thy worth:
     God hath builded, from thy birth,
     The first nation of the earth—
               America! America!



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