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LAND O' PINES; OLD HOME WEEK IN MAINE, by            
First Line: Not least of stars thy star
Last Line: That star is dear.
Subject(s): Forests; Maine (State); Pine Trees; Woods


I

NOT least of stars thy star
Of statehood shines,
Where, in the north and far
Beyond thy lines,
Thy loyal children are,
O Land o' Pines!

II

Lord o'er a thousand hills
Katahdin looms;
Thy silent forests hold
Primeval glooms;
And vales and plains unfold
Their vasty rooms.

III

But these are not the things
Thou prizest most,—
These, nor thy streams, and lakes,
And leagues of coast:
What thy own sons are, makes
Thy proudest boast.

IV

The torrent and the rock
Mix in their blood,—
The force that drives, and so
Achieves the good;
The heart that bears the blow
As brave men should.

V

For many have shaped the deed
In church and state;
And many have helped to mould
The nation's fate;
And some, in days now old,
In song were great.

VI

We greet thy landscapes fair
Now and again;
Thy wealth of field and mart
We greet; and then
We greet thee—as thou art—
Mother of men.

VII

Far in the north thy star
Shines steady and clear;
And lo, not there alone
It shines, nor here:
Where'er thy sons are known
That star is dear.





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