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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
March 16
Destiny
By Emma Lazarus (1849–1887)
 
          The French Prince Imperial, only son of Louis Napoleon, born March 16, 1856.

PARIS, from throats of iron, silver, brass,
Joy-thundering cannon, blent with chiming bells,
And martial strains, the full-voiced pæan swells.
The air is starred with flags, the chanted mass
Throngs all the churches, yet the broad streets swarm        5
With glad-eyed groups who chatter, laugh, and pass,
In holiday confusion, class with class.
And over all the spring, the sun-floods warm!
In the Imperial palace that March morn,
The beautiful young mother lay and smiled;        10
For by her side just breathed the Prince, her child,
Heir to an empire, to the purple born,
Crowned with the Titan’s name that stirs the heart
Like a blown clarion—one more Bonaparte.
 
 
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