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Poem for Fair De Land.
"The evening bells of Stetson 'U', That greet the stars and falling dew, What sweeter chimes you'll find that these To float upon a South breeze?"
"Beneath a sky of azure hue, Where sunshine greets the whole year through, With fruit and flowers on every hand, All these you'll find in Fair De Land."
"Oh fair city of De Land, In this lovely spot I take my stand, Here every charm of nature lies, A symbol of God's Paradise."
Note poem reads, "Why will folks their winters spend Where ice and snow never end, While in De Land the warm sun shines, And zephyrs whisper in the pines?"
Note number at bottom: 31. Number on back, top right: 5967.
"Her spires of many churches tell That God's children love Him well, Schools, homes, kind friends and love abound To greet the stranger on his round."
Accompanying note: "De Land is 110 miles south of Jacksonville, 19 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and 3 1/2 miles east of the historic St. Johns River, in a high, rolling and fertile section of stately pine forests, interspersed with orange groves. Being located in the peninsular part of Florida, it has a climate tempered by the trade winds and the Gulf Stream, making it ideal the year round."
"So meet me here in Fair De Land, And then you, too, will take your stand, And say here is Earth's Paradise - That here her choicest treasure lies."
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Poem for Fair De Land. 20th century. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/259275>, accessed 25 September 2022.
Poem for Fair De Land. 20th century. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/259275>