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TRIENNIAL ODE ON THE MASSACHUSETTS CHARITABLE MECHANIC ASSOCIATION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: When, from the mitred churchman's power
Last Line: And clustering glories round their names shall bloom.
Subject(s): Charity; Pilgrim Fathers; Philanthropy


WHEN, from the mitred churchman's power,
Pilgrims sought a land of rest,
Here proudly rose, in blissful hour,
Freedom's empire in the west.
To Him who saved, the God most high,
Sweet Piety her altar raised;
Invention came, with eagle eye,
And Science smiled where savage war-fires blazed.

Here, where the tawny Indian roved,
Tenant of a flowerless waste,
A magic power bright Genius proved,
Forests bowed to Art and Taste.
Toil swung the sledge with sturdy hand,
In chiseled grace fair domes arose;
Improvement moved upon the land,
And Freedom's Press saved all from Freedom's foes.

Mechanic skill! the tar by thee
Stems the wave, and mocks the gale;
By thee the yeoman, blithe and free,
Plenty reaps from every vale.
Earth vainly hides her caverned ores;
To thee the treasured hoard is given;
And elements obey thy powers,
And Science grasps the quivering flash of heaven.

Nor yet alone in peaceful toil
Genius here shall be renowned;
Should bold invasion tread the soil,
Art's firm sons shall rally round.
Great Archimedes on the foe
Drew burning vengeance from the sun;
And they, at Franklin's name who glow,
Shall rouse at thine, immortal Washington!

O, favored land! the exile's rest,
Charity's long-hallowed seat;
By science, worth, and valor blest,
All that's good in thee shall meet.
"BE JUST, AND FEAR NOT" earth combined;
The scale and blade, the test and doom,
Thy sons shall bear to all mankind,
And clustering glories round their names shall bloom.





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