My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountainside,
Let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees,
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
Our fathers’ God, to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King.
Words: Samuel F. Smith, 1832
In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third president in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.
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on every side there are suggestions of juvenility and mischief.
|Me and Sandy|
|Me Marcia and Sandy (Susan, our host, was taking the photo)|
|Marcia, Susan, me and Marcia at the marriage of Susan’s daughter|
|Through the years|
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother
(I will share a few photos soon).
Community Group Bible study for the summer.
Friday we had a truckload of dirt delivered so that
today we could spent all day working in the yard.
Raider kept an eye on every move I made.
Poor little guy is way overdue for his grooming appointment.