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U.S. History poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: April 06, 2004 06:51PM

Here is the ORIGINAL poem, as published in the anthology Yankee Doodles: A Book of American Verse, edited by Ted Malone and published in 1943 by Whittlesey House (NY and London).

Don't shoot me, I'm only the typist!

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“The History of The U.S.”
by Winifred Sackville Stoner

In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue
And found this land, land of the Free, beloved by you, beloved by me.

And in the year sixteen and seven, good Captain Smith thought he’d reach Heav’n,
And then he founded Jamestown City, alas, ’tis gone, oh, what a pity.

’Twas in September sixteen nine, with ship, Half Moon, a read Dutch sign,
That Henry Hudson found the stream, the Hudson River of our dream.

In sixteen twenty, pilgrims saw our land that had no unjust law.
Their children live here to this day, proud citizens of U.S.A.

In sixteen hundred eighty-three, good William Penn stood ’neath a tree
And swore that unto his life’s end he would be the Indian’s friend.

In seventeen hundred seventy-five, good Paul Revere was then alive;
He rode like wild throughout the night, and called the Minute Men to fight.

Year seventeen hundred seventy-six, July the fourth, this date please fix
Within your minds, my children dear, for that was Independence Year.

In that same year on a bitter night at Trenton was an awful fight,
But by our brave George Washington the battle was at last well won.

Two other dates in your mind fix—Franklin born in seventeen six,
And Washington first said “Boo-Hoo” in seventeen hundred thirty-two.

In seventeen hundred seventy-nine, Paul Jones, who was a captain fine,
Gained our first naval victory fighting on the big, wide sea.

And in the year eighteen and four, Lewis and Clark both went before,
And blazed for us the Oregon Trail where men go now in ease by rail.

In eighteen hundred and thirteen, on great Lake Erie could be seen
Our Perry fight the Union Jack and drive it from our shores far back.

In eighteen hundred and sixty-one, an awful war was then begun
Between the brothers of our land, who now together firmly stand.

In eighteen hundred sixty-three, each slave was told that he was free
By Lincoln, with whom few compare in being kind and just and fair.

In eighteen hundred eighty-one, at Panama there was begun
By good De Lesseps, wise and great, the big canal, now our ship’s gate.

At San Juan, eighteen ninety-eight, our brave Rough Riders lay in wait,
And on the land brought victory, while Dewey won it on the sea.

In nineteen hundred and fifteen, was shown a panoramic screen
At San Francisco’s wondrous fair; all peoples were invited there.

But cruel war in that same year kept strangers from our land o’ cheer,
And nineteen seventeen brought here the war that filled our hearts with fear.

Thank God in nineteen eighteen Peace on earth again was seen,
And we are praying that she’ll stay forever in our U.S.A.


Re: U.S. History poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: April 06, 2004 06:55PM


I cannot resist making a couple of annotations.

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"And in the year eighteen and four, Lewis and Clark both went before,
And blazed for us the Oregon Trail where men go now in ease by rail."

Dave Barry took his family on a trip along the route, and he says that the interstate does, in fact, run so close to the original trail that it's a wonder Lewis and Clark never noticed it.

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"But cruel war in that same year kept strangers from our land o’ cheer,
And nineteen seventeen brought here the war that filled our hearts with fear.
Thank God in nineteen eighteen Peace on earth again was seen,
And we are praying that she’ll stay forever in our U.S.A."

Lyrics from "MLF Lullabye," by Tom Lehrer:
"Once all the Germans
were warlike and mean,
but that couldn't happen again.
We taught them a lesson
in nineteen eighteen,
and they've hardly bothered us since then."


Re: U.S. History poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh16rt-04rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.ne)
Date: April 07, 2004 11:52AM

Cool! Thanks for typing that up. A bit propagandistic, but interesting nevertheless.


Re: U.S. History poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Posted by: russ (---.olypen.com)
Date: April 07, 2004 09:54PM

Gee marian , being this flag waving kinda fellow, I liked it. Wish Stoner was around to continue it. Thanks.


Re: U.S. History poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Posted by: Marian-NYC (---.nyc1.dsl.speakeasy.net)
Date: April 09, 2004 03:59PM


Russ, that is now your mission, should you choose to accept it.


Re: U.S. History poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: April 11, 2004 01:46PM

Marian, did you ever find the liner notes about the use of "snied"?

Les


Re: U.S. History poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-03rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: April 11, 2004 02:17PM

This is completely off topic, but hilarious (talk about truth in advertising!):

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Re: U.S. History poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Posted by: -Les- (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: April 11, 2004 02:38PM

Hugh, I can't believe someone offered to pay $22 for it. Amazing!

Les


Re: U.S. History poem by Winifred Sackville Stoner
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.l4.c2.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: April 11, 2004 05:13PM

Hugh, that's the most fun I've had in weeks. Thanks.

Stephen




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