Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Independence Day!

+JMJ+

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 majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self the country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America! God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From 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

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