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COLUMBUS, by            
First Line: Viceroy they made him, admiral and don
Last Line: Found justice, truth, and human liberty!
Subject(s): Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506); Explorers; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers

VICEROY they made him, Admiral and Don,
Wishing — good King and Queen! — to honor him
Whose deeds should make all like distinctions dim.
Columbus! Other title needs he none.
And they — in wisdom more than kingship blest —
Go down to future days, remembered best
For service rendered to that lowly one.

Columbus! With proud love, yet reverently,
Pronounce that name — the name of one who heard
A word of life, and, answering that word,
Braved death, unfearing, on the Shadowy Sea;
Who — seeking land not known to any chart,
That land by faith deep graven on his heart —
Found justice, truth, and human liberty!

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