A Christmas Greeting
A Christmas Greeting

From a Northern Star-Group to a Southern. 1889-'90.

Welcome, Brazilian brother--thy ample place is ready;
A loving hand--a smile from the North--a sunny instant hail!
(Let the future care for itself, where it reveals its troubles, impedimentas,
Ours, ours, the present throe, the democratic aim, the acceptance and the faith;)
To thee today our reaching arm, our turning neck--to thee from us the expectant eye,
Thou cluster free! thou brilliant lustrous one! thou, learning well,
The true lesson of a nation's light in the sky,
(More shining than the Cross, more than the Crown,)
The height to be superb humanity.