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First Line: Sail on, columbus! Sail right onward still
Last Line: Where tyrants perish and all men are free.
Subject(s): Columbus, Christopher (1451-1506); Explorers; Sailing & Sailors; Tyranny & Tyrants; United States; Exploring; Discovery; Discoverers; America

SAIL on, Columbus! sail right onward still,
O'er watery waste of trackless billows sail,
Nor let a doubting race make thy heart fail
Till a New World upglow beneath thy will.
Let storms break forth and driving winds be shrill;
But be thou steadfast when all others quail,
Still looking westward till the night grow pale,
And the long dreamed-of land thy glad eyes fill.
Great world-revealer, sail! God leads the way
Across the gloomy, fathomless dark sea,
Of man unvisited until this day,
But which henceforth for the whole world shall be
The road to nobler life and wider sway,
Where tyrants perish and all men are free.

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