Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

...I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave their lives for me...

...O Trinity of love and power, our brethren shield in danger's hour from wind and tempest, fire and foe, wherever, Lord, our brethren go...

...O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains' majesty, above the fruited plain...

...from north or south, or from the east or west? my heart is filled with love for all of these. I only know I swell with pride, and deep within my breast, I thrill to see Old Glory wave the breeze. This is MY country, land of my birth. This is MY country, grandest on earth! I pledge thee my allegiance...

...and to the republic for which it stands. One nation, UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all...

...where the spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty...

...proclaim liberty throughout the land, to all the inhabitants thereof....

...give me your poor,....the masses yearning to be free....

...If MY people will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive, and heal their land...

...There ain't no doubt I love this land! GOD BLESS THE USA!




These are all things I think of when I call my country to mind. Everything above was typed from my memory, so there may be a word or two wrong, but just for fun, let's try something.

How many of you can name the sources for these "quotes"? The titles of the songs, the references to the verses, places where the words are engraved, etc. Let's see how many of you can get all 10. Leave a comment with your "guesses," though I'm sure this won't be difficult for most of you.

Contest ends July 10th. :)

2 comments:

Sarah Jane Meister said...

Oh, I'm horrible with titles! :( That has been one of my huge struggles with memorizing verses. I can remember the actual verse but have a hard time recalling the reference - which is often an inconvenient and frustrating thing.

Well, I recognize the first excerpt from the ever-popular song (which I don't remember the title of, but they played it at our firework display on the 4th).

The second one . . is it "Eternal Father, Strong to Save?" I usually play the hymns at church so don't get to sing them, but I think I remember hearing this verse sung to the tune of "Eternal Father Strong to Save".

The third one is from "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies" or "America". I've seen them titled both ways. I wish every hymn book just stuck with ONE title for each hymn! It would make it so much more convenient! lol

I have never read/heard the 4th excerpt, but its beautiful! What grand, patriotic, wonderful words!

The fifth is from the Pledge of Allegiance.

The 6th, 7th and 9th are Scripture verses, right? I know not the references. :( I love the verse from #9. It is one of my favorite promises to remember.

The 8th is from the Statue of Liberty. Or from a poem written about it, I can't remember which.

And the 10th is again from the song the first one is from.

Well now I know what I need to work on. It's funny to realize now that I'm out of school how much I still NEED scholarly principles in my life, such as studying, ponderation and memorization. Now if only I had a teacher to be accountable to! :)

Amber said...

Sarah Jane Meister, you are correct in all your guesses! The one that you weren't sure about comes from a song that I think is called "My Country." It is beautiful, isn't it?