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A Toast to Dayton
Paul Laurence Dunbar
published in Selected Poems (1917)
Love of home, sublimest passion That the human heart can know! Changeless still, though fate and fashion Rise and fall and ebb and flow, To the glory of our nation, To the welfare of our state, Let us all with veneration Every effort consecrate.
And our city, shall we fail her? Or desert her gracious cause? Nay--with loyalty we hail her And revere her righteous laws. She shall ever claim our duty, For she shines--the brightest gem That has ever decked with beauty Dear Ohio's diadem.
Dunbar, Paul Laurence, "A Toast to Dayton" (6211). Dunbar Music Archive. 272.