Niagara by Wallace Bruce

niagara wallace bruce
Illustration from Wayside Poems
Proud swaying pendant of a crystal chain,
    On fair Columbia's rich and bounteous breast,
With beaded lakes that necklace-like retain
    Heaven's stainless blue with golden sunlight blest!
What other land can boast a gem so bright!
    With colors born of sun and driven spray - 
A brooch of glory, amulet of might,
    Where all the irised beauties softly stray.
Ay, more - God's living voice, Niagara, thou!
    Proclaiming wide the anthem of the free;
The starry sky the crown upon thy brow,
    Thy ceaseless chant a song of Liberty.
But this thy birthright, this thy sweetest dower,
    Yon arching rainbow - Love still spanning Power.

Source: Wallce Bruce  Wayside Poems. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1895
Also published in: Myron T. Pritchard. Poetry of Niagara. Boston: Lothrop Publishing Co., 1901

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