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Katharine Lee Bates
“America! America! / God shed His grace on thee / And crown thy good with brotherhood / From sea to shining sea!”
“Oh, we who know thee know we know thee not, / Thou Soul of Beauty, thou Essential Grace! / Yet undeterred by baffled speech and thought, / The heart stakes all upon thy hidden face.”
“What did you see, O pussy-cat-mew, / Pet of the Half-Moon's turbulent crew? / Who taught them mew-tiny? Wasn't it you? / ... / Henry Hudson, the master sage, / Write large his name on history's page, / But you, you too, were a purr-sonage.”
“Dawn love is silver, / Wait for the west: / Old love is gold love — / Old love is best.”
Katharine Lee Bates, U.S. poet, educator, writer
(1850 - 1929)