Massachusetts of Today
Excerpt from Massachusetts of Today: A Memorial of the State, Historical and Biographical, Issued for the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago Massachussetts. Dark was the shore that clouded on the sightOf those grim mariners in the frail ship namedAfter the frailest blossoms of the May: Rough was the welcome offered, that first night, By rock-born waves that noisily proclaimedTheir joy of liberty in Plymouth's bay;But ah! how bright and soft and glorious rose the day! O Mother State, thy word was nobly kept, Thy pledge of freedom to thy sons and all!Of modern lands thou wert the first to say: "No man shall own another." Thus there leapt, Ere thou wert loosed from England's heavy thrall, Out of thine eyes the Futures guiding ray, The star that cannot fall, that gems the brow of day. While yet in leading-strings thou didst this deedImmortal, wiping slavery from thy code.A few years later thou wert first to shakeAll kings in their "divineness," and to leadThy sister States to Glory, by the roadOf Lexington to Boston, and to wakeThe souls that will not rest till every chain shall break. O Massachusetts, Mother fond and fair.Not merely of thy glories are we proud.In many a quiet home that hides from sightAre purity of purpose and a rare, Unselfish loveliness, whene'er a cloudO' ershadows life and thus we have the rightTo say: "Where thou dost reign, reigns Duty with Delight." Strong Mother, how we love thee; how our prideHeightens, with every year, beholding thee!Thy glorious sons and daughters who have goneInto the sunrise on the other side.Have left, in passing o'er the mystic sea.More light of inspiration than e'er shoneOn poet's dream before, and their great work goes on! Yea, Queen of States, thy diadem of deedsForever onward throws its diamond rays.'Gainst every wrong now posing as a rightPhillips still thunders and O'Reilly pleadsAnd the money-changers in a dark amaze.Shrink from the coming Christ with just affright, While Freedom standeth by with eyes of warmer light. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.