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Or droop o'er the sod where the long grasses nod,
So I came by the name of Old Glory.
qu'-di-ble-loud enough to be heard. sym'-bol-a sign; anything which suggests an idea or thing.
WORDS AND PHRASES: “rapturous air"
scars of all wars" “fame so becoming to you" "a tang to the spirit” "cast yourself free” "the ring of the same” " at their glittering best'' “laughing down” “delightfullest light'
“square heaven of blue” "a blur in the eye” "skyward cast' "vague lisps'' "aching to live for you" "conjoined of them all! "skyward cast" "droop o'er the sod's “long grasses nod”
THE LAND OF LIBERTY
1 I LOVE my country's pine-clad hills, Her thousand bright and gushing rills,
Her sunshine and her storms; Her rough and rugged rocks, that rear Their hoary heads high in the air
In wild, fantastic forms.
2 I love her rivers, deep and wide, Those mighty streams that seaward glide
To seek the ocean's breast;
The haunts of peaceful rest.
3 I love her forests, dark and lone, For there the wild bird's merry tone,
I hear from morn till night; And there are lovelier flowers, I ween, Than e'er in Eastern lands were seen,
In varied colors bright.
4 Her forests and her valleys fair, Her flowers that scent the morning air,
All have their charms for me;
"The Land of Liberty."
Rufus Choate (1799-1859), an American orator, was a native of Essex, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College. He and Daniel Webster were the greatest orators of their time. THE birthday of the “Father of his Country!” May it ever be freshly remembered by American hearts !
His memory is first and most sacred in our love; and ever
*From one of Choate's orations.
hereafter, till the last drop of blood shall freeze in the last American heart, his name shall be a spell of power and of might.
It was the daily beauty and towering and matchless glory 5 of his life which enabled him to create his country, and at the
same time secure an undying love and regard from the whole American people. “The first in the hearts of his countrymen !" Undoubtedly there were brave and wise and good men, before
his day, in every colony. But the American nation, as a nation, 1 I do not reckon to have begun before 1774. And the first love
of that. Young America was Washington.
HELPS TO STUDY Historical: The words, “First in the hearts of his countrymen, were first used by Colonel Henry Lee in the Resolutions which were presented in the House of Representatives on the death of Washington, December, 1799, “to the memory of the Man, first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” The date 1774, mentioned in this oration, was the year in which the First Continental Congress met.
Notes and Questions
which the memory of Washing of the American people
first in the hearts of his counWhat enabled Washington to trymen” first used ? "create his country''?
Who said it?
Words and Phrases for Study
dāi'-ly-happening or belonging to each day.
WORDS AND PHRASES:
"to create his country'
"a spell of power and of might” "daily beauty"
In the quaint old Quaker town, And the streets were rife with people
Pacing restless up and downPeople gathering at corners,
Where they whispered each to each, And the sweat stood on their temples With the earnestness of speech.
2 As the bleak Atlantic currents
Lash the wild Newfoundland shore, So they beat against the State House,
So they surged against the door; And the mingling of their voices
Made a harmony profound, Till the quiet street of Chestnut Was all turbulent with sound.
3 “Will they do it?” “Dare they do it?”
"Who is speaking ?” “What's the news ?” “What of Adams?” “What of Sherman ?”
“Oh, God grant they won't refuse !" “Make some way, there !” “Let me nearer !"
"I am stifling!” “Stifle, then! When a nation's life's at hazard,
We've no time to think of men !"
4 So they beat against the portal,
Man and woman, maid and child ; And the July sun in heaven
On the scene looked down and smiled.