Happy Independence Day!
Well, it being the 4th of July, I could think of no better thing to put up than a patriotic hymn. Arguably the most recognizable of all such hymns is America, the Beautiful by Katherine Lee Bates, so that's the one I went with. There's 8 verses, all told, but the first four are probably the better ones, so those are the ones I'll put up. For those of you who feel you've been cheated by this, here is a link for you.
O beautiful for spacious skies,For amber waves of grain,For purple mountain majestiesAbove the fruited plain!America! America! God shed his grace on theeAnd crown thy good with brotherhoodFrom sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feetWhose stern, impassioned stressA thoroughfare for freedom beatAcross the wilderness!America! America!God mend thine every flaw,Confirm thy soul in self-control,Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes provedIn liberating strife.Who more than self the country lovedAnd mercy more than life!America! America!May God thy gold refineTill all success be noblenessAnd every gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dreamThat sees beyond the yearsThine alabaster cities gleamUndimmed by human tears!America! America! God shed his grace on theeAnd crown thy good with brotherhoodFrom sea to shining sea!
Happy Fourth, everyone!
+Ad Majorem Dei Gloraim+
"This is the best form of polity: being partly kingdom, since there is one at the head of all; partly aristocracy, in so far as a number of persons are set in authority; partly democracy, i.e. government by the people, in so far as the rulers can be chosen from the people, and the people have the right to choose their rulers."
-St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, II:cv:1