BY FRANCES V. HUBBARD.
A century dead! The midnight bells
Ring in the new, ring out the old.
The music rises, dies and swells,
Of distant years the tale it tells
And doth the past unfold.
A century dead! Lo, at its birth,
Feeble and weak Columbia stood;
Of wealth and arms a woeful dearth,
But conqueror known throughout the earth,
Though drenched her soil with blood.
A hundred years of war and peace,
Of victories on land and sea,
Of deeds that made Oppression cease
And gave the bondman glad release,—
From slavery set him free.
A hundred years, now proud and strong
A power on earth Columbia stands.
And lo, to her the gifts belong
To aid the Right, to crush the Wrong,
To be the land of lands.
A hundred years! Ring out the old,—
Ring in the century to our view
That shall a grander tale unfold
Than ere Columbia proud has told
Since first her flag was new.
Troy Daily Times. December 31, 1900