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First Line: The warrior may twine round his temples the leaves
Last Line: The vine that our forefathers planted.
Subject(s): Connecticut


THE warrior may twine round his temples the leaves
Of the Laurel that Victory throws him;
The Lover may smile as he joyously weaves
The Myrtle that beauty bestows him.
The Poet may gather his ivy, and gaze
On its evergreen honors enchanted;
But what are their ivys, their myrtles, and bays,
To the vine that our forefathers planted.
Let France boast the lily-- let Britain be vain
Of her thistles, and shamrocks, and roses;
Our shrubs and our blossoms sprout out from the main,
And our bold shore their beauty discloses.
With a home and a country, a soul and a God,
What freeman with terrors is haunted,
Bedecked with the dewdrops and washed with the flood
Is the vine that our forefathers planted.
Then a health to the brave, and the worthy, that bore
The vine whose rich clusters o'ershade us;
They planted its root by the rocks of the shore,
And called down His blessing who made us.
--And a health to the Fair who will raise up a brave
Generation of Yankees undaunted,
To nourish, to cherish, to honor, and save
The vine that our forefathers planted.





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