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TO AMERICA, by                    
First Line: For centuries, america, you lay
Last Line: And find a friend, america, in you.
Subject(s): United States; America

For centuries, America, you lay,
A virgin continent dreaming in the sun --
The patient ages all their labor done
Against the dawn of that predestined day
When Pilgrim Fathers were to sail away
From hostile shores -- their journeying begun
With questing hearts foretelling victories won
In some far land where they might work and pray.

At last through wintry ocean-wastes they came
And conquered, year by year, relentless foes.
Though hardships undermined the dauntless few,
They worshipped, labored, died in Freedom's name
That followers might seek the land they chose
And find a friend, America, in you.

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