Thursday, April 09, 2009


OUR Land—our Home!—the common home indeed
 Of soil-born children and adopted ones—
 The stately daughters and the stalwart sons
Of Industry:—All greeting and god-speed!
O home to proudly live for, and, if need
 Be, proudly die for, with the roar of guns
 Blent with our latest prayer.—So died men once. . . .
Lo, Peace! . . . As we look on the land They freed—
Its harvest all in ocean-overflow
Poured round autumnal coasts in billowy gold—
  Its corn and wine and balmèd fruits and flow'rs,—
We know the exaltation that they know
 Who now, steadfast inheritors, behold
  The Land Elysian, marveling “This is ours!”

James Whitcomb Riley

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