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Giving Thanks

The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers

The breaking waves dashed high
On a stern and rock-bound coast,
And the woods, against a stormy sky,
Their giant branches tossed;

And the heavy night hung dark
The hills and water o'er,
When a band of exiles moored their bark
On the wild New England shore.

Not as the conqueror comes,
They, the true-hearted, came:
Not with the roll of the stirring drums,
And the trumpet that sings of fame;

Not as the flying come,
In silence and in fear, -
They shook the depths of the desert's gloom
With their hymns of lofty cheer.

Amidst the storm they sang,
And the stars heard and the sea;
And the sounding aisles of the dim woods rang
To the anthem of the free!

The ocean-eagle soared
From his nest by the white wave's foam,
And the rocking pines of the forest roared;
This was their welcome home!

There were men with hoary hair
Amidst that pilgrim band:
Why had they come to wither there,
Away from their childhood's land?

There was woman's fearless eye,
Lit by her deep love's truth;
There was manhood's brow serenely high,
And the fiery heart of youth.

What sought they thus afar?
Bright jewels of the mine?
The wealth of the seas? the spoils of war? -
They sought a faith's pure shrine!

Aye, call it holy ground,
The soil where first they trod!
They have left unstained what there they found -
Freedom to worship God!

-- Felicia Dorothea Hemans

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Blogger Belle-ah said...

Just popping in to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for coming over to Southern Somedays! I am in GA as well! We have been to Burts but that wasn't where my photo was from...it was Goldbrooks (which is not as huge as Burts). (((Hugs)))

Blogger Barb said...

I ran over to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and found this nice treat. What a perfect thing to post.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. We sure have a lot to be thankful for, don't we?

(For one thing, bloglines told me you'd done a new post!)

That was perfect!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

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