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For Veterans Day: 'To the United States of America'

Editor's note: The following poem, "To the United States of America," was written in 1917 by English poet Robert Bridges. We reprint it here in honor of all who have served.

To the United States of America

BROTHERS in blood! They who this wrong began

To wreck our commonwealth, will rue the day

When first they challenged freemen to the fray,


And with the Briton dared the American.

Now are we pledged to win the Rights of man;

Labour and Justice now shall have their way,

And in a League of Peace - God grant we may-

Transform the earth, not patch up the old plan.



Sure is our hope since he who led your nation

Spake for mankind, and ye arose in awe

Of that high call to work the world's salvation;

Clearing your minds of all estranging blindness

In the vision of Beauty and the Spirit's law,

Freedom and Honour and sweet Loving kindness...