Spain 1873-'74

OUT of the murk of heaviest clouds,
  Out of the feudal wrecks, and heap'd-up skeletons of kings,
  Out of that old entire European debris--the shatter'd mummeries,
  Ruin'd cathedrals, crumble of palaces, tombs of priests,
  Lo! Freedom's features, fresh, undimm'd, look forth--the same
  immortal face looks forth;
  (A glimpse as of thy mother's face, Columbia,
  A flash significant as of a sword,
  Beaming towards thee.)

  Nor think we forget thee, Maternal;
  Lag'd'st thou so long? Shall the clouds close again upon thee? 10
  Ah, but thou hast Thyself now appear'd to us--we know thee;
  Thou hast given us a sure proof, the glimpse of Thyself;
  Thou waitest there, as everywhere, thy time.

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