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First Line: Great were the hearts and strong the minds

GREAT were the hearts, and strong the minds,
Of those who framed, in high debate,
The immortal league of love that binds '
Our fair broad empire, state with state.

And ever hallowed be the hour,
When, as the auspicious task was done,
A nation's gift, the sword of power,
Was given to glory's unspoiled son.

That noble race is gone; the suns .
Of fifty years have risen and set;
The holy links those mighty ones
Had forged and knit, are brighter yet.

Wide-as our own free race increase
Wide shall it stretch the elastic chain,
And bind, in everlasting peace,
State after state, a mighty train.

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