COLUMBIA'S MOTTO

From Liberty's uplifted hand
New light seems shed upon our land--
Reach distant shores and future days.

The lofty purpose which unfurled
Old Glory's colors to the world,
Has led that banner's conquering host
To lands that need its message most.

Not freedom only, but the birth
Of better precepts from the earth
That message means: for all men see
How generous may victors be.

Time into triumph turns defeat,
Where progress follows victory's feet.
Across Columbia's sword is writ:
"We conquer but to benefit."

By Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Cosmopolitan 26(1898):522


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