E pluribus unum
Latin phrase on the great seal of United States, literally means "out of many, one"
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- I gazed on the mountains in grandeur majestic,
I gazed on the vales—they were fruitful and fair;
I gazed with delight on the lakes and the fountains,
I gazed on the banner—the eagle was there.
"E pluribus unum" exultingly waves,
E pluribus unum! what freemen and slaves?
The genius of liberty, maiden celestial,
Sat nigh that gay banner attempting to smile;
Alternately gazing on eagle and fetters,
The tears from her eyes trickled down all the while,
And she sighed where the banner of liberty waves,
o'er traitors, and tyrants, and heart-broken slaves.
- Primitive Methodist Magazine, 1862, p. 64 (written 1835)