Proclaim LIBERTY throughout the Land to all the Inhabitants thereof. Lev. XXV v. X.
Or, The Land of Liberty.
I LOVE my country’s pine-clad hills,
Her thousand bright and gushing rills,
Her sunshine and her storms;
Her rough and rugged rocks, that rear
Their hoary heads high in the air
In wild, fantastic forms.
I love her rivers, deep and wide,
Those mighty streams that seaward glide
To seek the ocean’s breast;
Her smiling fields, her pleasant vales,
Her shady dells, her flowery dales,
The haunts of peaceful rest.
I love her forests, dark and lone,
For there the wild bird’s merry tone
I hear from morn till night;
And there are lovelier flowers, I ween,
Than e’er in Eastern lands were seen,
In varied colors bright.
Her forests and her valleys fair,
Her flowers that scent the morning air
All have their charms for me;
But more I love my country’s name,
Those words that echo deathless fame—
“The Land of LIBERTY.”
—Anonymous (A.L.B.—Alexandria Gazette).
A tip o’ the hat to America—Heart & Soul.