Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE GOLDEN AGE, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE

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THE GOLDEN AGE, by                
First Line: O country mine! Thy golden age shall be
Last Line: And it should be humanity's best home.
Subject(s): Europe; Patriotism; Peace

O COUNTRY mine! thy golden age shall be
Fulfillment of the old, tremendous needs;
Deep in thy soil already spring the seeds
Of glory, wisdom, truth, and liberty,
And brotherhood — the vision of the free —
All, all of these shall bear their mighty deeds:
The Ancient Nine shall dance upon thy meads,
The pipes of Pan fall fondly o'er the lea,
And on thy hills white parthenons shall rise
In wealth of beauty passing that of Greece;
Thy temple towns shall far out-lustre Rome,
While Europe shall go mad with mute surprise
That men should build a state in perfect peace
And it should be humanity's best home.

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