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OTHER VERSE                        147
On winged heel the god of commerce flies
To where another western star has dawned Amid the union's galaxy, and here, As from a wave of his caducean wand, A gem within a gem, Chicago, gleams, As sparks that glint where brightest sunshine streams.
Majestic as the mountains are, that stand
In Titan ranks, snow-helmeted, and fold A cloak of cloud about their rugged forms;
Strong as a bannered army is, and bold As honor dares to be, Chicago grew;
Her name was heralded abroad as one Whose word is truth, and stronger than a bond;
And 'mong the greatest cities 'neath the sun She held exalted place. Hers was the way Of empire, and she strode with regal sway.
Where Nature's God had most sublimely wrought;
In all the west a glory and a boast; A regnant queen and radiant she stood,
Her legions loyal and a hardy host. Her realm was Liberty's abiding place;
Upbuilt her altars were to God alone; To freedom were her faithful people vowed;
Her rule was law, and right her only throne.
Bright on her brow the star of Fortune beamed; Full high advanced, her graceful banner stream'd.

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