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LEAGUE OF NATIONS; THE PRESIDENT RETURNS TO AMERICA, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Back to our shores he comes from the sad strand
Last Line: A watch-fire on the topmost hill of time.
Subject(s): League Of Nations; Nations; Presidents, United States; Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924)


Back to our shores he comes from the sad strand,
And some, who know so much of that and this,
And what can never be, and what's amiss,
Give him cold welcome to his native land;
But some, the humbler-hearted, understand
At least that through the strife he bears with him,
And shields as best he may with hopeful hand,
A little struggling flame, late kindled and dim.

High tide in all the waters of the world,
The winds of all the wild years up and out,
And one frail light amid their fury swirled!
It cannot perish. Strong through storm and doubt
It must burn on—to blaze at last sublime,
A watch-fire on the topmost hill of time.





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