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WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY (FIRST CELEBRATION IN THE NEW CENTURY), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Earth, that hast countless aeons of swift days
Last Line: But was foreplanned with elemental things.
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Washington, George (1732-1799)


EARTH, that hast countless aeons of swift days
Spun from thy poles — and like a mote been swirled
Fleet years about thy Master Orb — and hurled
With all thy starry fellows into space,
Silent and irresistible on the face
Of heavens, and of heavens' heavens unfurled —
And yet remainest our remembering world,
Our kindly home, and our familiar place, —
Thou dost not fail, sweet, immemorial Earth,
To number o'er thy sons that were thy kings;
Chants royal raisest thou among the rings
Celestial of old stars for their great worth
Whose birth was not as is our common birth,
But was foreplanned with elemental things.





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