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Poems by Murray Poets and Poems About Murray County
by William Martin Sapp,
Clerk of Superior Court, Whitfield County.

This poem was originally published in The Murray News.

Beneath the silent vigil of Old Fort
Whose contour pierces the skies,
Awing us into reverence,
The fair county of Murray lies.

Peopled by brave scions of patriots,
Ennobled by the march of years,
Through whose veins flows the crimson
Of ancestors without peers.

Dame Nature's bounteous hand of plenty
Into Murray's lap has poured
Untold wealth for the husbandman;
And her mountains with richness are stored.

Piping peaceful peans of prosperity,
Over forest, field, and fen,
Come zephyrs from the Realm of Dens,
Laden with the breath of life for men.

Close to the blue vaulted dome of heaven,
Old Cohutta's proud peaks rise,
Pointing forever upward
To the home beyond the skies.

Her varied valleys and clear, sheening streams
Lyric poems constantly raise;
Epics from the hills to the plains–
All give the Great Architect praise.

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