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Autograph Quotation of Two Stanzas from His Poem "America For Me"

Holograph transcription of two stanzas of Van Dyke's famous patriotic poem "America For Me", in ink on recto only of a single sheet and signed in full by Van Dyke at the bottom. Consists of the third and sixth (and final) stanzas, beginning "Oh, London is a man's town, there's power in the air; And Paris is a woman's town, with flowers in her hair...". The famed final verse reads "Oh, it's home again and home again, America for me!/ I want a ship that's westward bound to plow the rolling sea/ To the blessed Land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars/ Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars." According to Van Dyke's biography by his son Tertius Van Dyke, the poet, growing homesick after a year in Europe, composed the piece while vacationing in Gstaad. The final stanza appears on p.296 of the biography. Slight wrinkling to the single sheet, center fold from mailing, a bit of very minor chipping at the corners and left edge, not affecting the writing. Manuscript (Item ID: X163)


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