Henry O'Meara Ballads of America

Decoration

SAM ADAMS

SONNET ON THE WHITNEY STATUE, BOSTON
LEADER by Nature sent to stir an age
  When men were kindled with the pent-up ire
   That rebel son had caught from burning sire -
Hero whose prescient thought and theme presage
The later franchise on our Nation's page;
  Whose swerveless powers new chivalry inspire.
  This bronze outbreathes an innate spirit fire,
Bespeaks a statesman brave, a patriot sage,
  A mind of adamant to mould the time -
Betokens olden Boston's worth and fame,
  Tells that a People's flash of hope sublime
Is fanned by Genius into Freedom's flame,
  That still four generations' deeds and prime
Are stamped and pictured in the Adams' name.
Decoration
THE BOSTON MASSACRE CONTENTS THE BATTLE OF SHIRLEY STRAIT

 

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