Seiren chruseien ex ouranothen kremasantes
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
Thank you for this post. Reading these words today, I believe that we should more often hear these verses sung; the last line, particularly, is most meaningful to me.
I agree. It's also nice to be reminded that American patriotism has always involved a dose of realism, the idea that if you love your country you will see its flaws and work to fix them.
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