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The Meeting of the Waters of Hudson & Erie (Samuel Woodworth) There is not in the wild world a Valley so sweet As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet O the last rays of feeling and life must depart Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart Let the day be forever remember'd with pride That beheld the proud Hudson to Erie allied O the last sand of Time from his glass shall descend Ere a union, so fruitful of glory shall end Ere a union, so fruitful of glory shall end Yet it is not that Wealth now enriches the scene Where the treasures of Art, and of Nature, convene 'Tis not that this union our coffers may fill O! no - it is something more exquisite still 'Tis, that Genius has triumph'd and Science prevail's Tho' Prejudice flouted, and Envy assail'd It is, that the vassals of Europe may see The progress of mind, in a land that is free All hail! to a project so vast and sublime! A bond that can never be sever'd by time Now unites us still closer, all jealousies cease And our hearts, like our waters, are singled in peace BL
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