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First Line: Mother of noble minds! How shall we pay
Last Line: Whose forward spirit debtors every race!
Subject(s): Army - Italy; World War I; First World War

MOTHER of Noble Minds! How shall we pay
The homage of our love -- nay what withhold?
Thou Bride of Learning, never false or cold;
Hostess of Beauty to the world, no day
Uncheered by thee along our saddest way;
Mother of Men ardent and wise and bold,
Who gave to Art new life, to Law new mould,
And unto Freedom new, immortal bay.

Mother of Great Adventurers, air or sea!
Columbus, voyaging to undreamed good,
Like Man's brave soul; and he, of thy new brood
The farthest picket in the vague of space.
What height or hindrance ever daunted thee
Whose forward spirit debtors every race!

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