Arthur Christopher Benson

(1848-1922 / United States)

Arthur Christopher Benson
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CHENEY, John Vance was born in Groveland, New York, December 29, 1848; [died, 1922]. Educated at Temple Hill Academy in Geneseo, New York. After a short period of teaching and of practicing law, he became the librarian of the Free Public Library of San Francisco and held this position from 1887 to 1894 when he accepted a similar one at the Newberry Library of Chicago, where he remained until 1899. more »

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Land Of Hope And Glory

1902 version:

Land of hope and glory, Mother of the free,
How may we extol thee, who are born of thee?

Truth and Right and Freedom, each a holy gem,
Stars of solemn brightness, weave thy diadem.

Tho' thy way be darkened, still in splendour drest,
As the star that trembles o'er the liquid West.

Throned amid the billows, throned inviolate,
Though hast reigned victorious, thou has smiled at fate.

Land of hope and glory, Fortress of the free,
How may we extol thee, praise thee, honour thee?

Hark, a mighty nation maketh glad reply;
Lo, our...

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