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First Line: Nor force nor fraud shall sunder us! Oh ye
Last Line: Ser's dream.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yendys, Sidney
Variant Title(s): England To America
Subject(s): England; Patriotism; United States; English; America

NOR force nor fraud shall sunder us! O ye
Who north or south, or east or western land,
Native to noble sounds, say truth for truth,
Freedom for freedom, love for love, and God
For God; O ye who in eternal youth
Speak with a living and creative flood
This universal English, and do stand
Its breathing book; live worthy of that grand
Heroic utterance -- parted, yet a whole,
Far, yet unsevered, -- children brave and free
Of the great Mother tongue, and ye shall be
Lords of an empire wide as Shakespeare's soul,
Sublime as Milton's immemorial theme,
And rich as Chaucer's speech, and fair as Spen-
ser's dream.

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