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The earth is jubilant, and far and near,
From widest east and west, and north and south,
One note of great rejoicing do we hear —
“The cable” is in everybody's mouth.
“Good will to men!” — thus runs the golden line
That thrilled the air o'er the Judean plains,
That loses not its attribute divine,
Though uttered in sub-oceanic strains.
How strange it is! and unbelieving sneers
Die out in silence with the cynic's laugh,
When warm hearts, throbbing in two hemispheres,
Mingle their sympathies by telegraph!
The cable is the best egg ever made —
No wonder all rejoice that it is laid.

A slight lay to the Atlantic cable; — will answer for any future attempt.