Posted by: Democratic Thinker | May 16, 2011

My Country—The Land of Liberty

America—Fairest of Freedom’s Daughters

Proclaim LIBERTY throughout the Land to all the Inhabitants thereof. Lev. XXV v. X.



My Country.
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.