Angora fire 2007. All houses around it were burned except this one.

Angora fire 2007. All houses around it were burned except this one.

Martin Luther King quoted this song during his “I Have A Dream” speech.

America My Country, ‘Tis OF Thee

By Samuel F. Smith, 1832

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 mountain side
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.

Our glorious Land to-day,
‘Neath Education’s sway,
Soars upward still.
Its hills of learning fair,
Whose bounties all may share,
behold them everywhere
On vale and hill!

Thy safeguard, Liberty,
The school shall ever be,
Our Nation’s pride!
No tyrant hand shall smite,
While with encircling might
All here are taught the Right
With Truth allied.

Beneath Heaven’s gracious will
The stars of progress still
Our course do sway;
In unity sublime
To broader heights we climb,
Triumphant over Time,
God speeds our way!

Grand birthright of our sires,
Our altars and our fires
Keep we still pure!
Our starry flag unfurled,
The hope of all the world,
In peace and light impearled,
God hold secure!

9 Responses

  1. I’m so excited for tomorrow! VOTE VOTE VOTE

  2. I’m trying. They won’t let me because of a registration address updating snafu, but I’m going to call them tomorrow morning in one last desperate plea 😦

    Sorry about not getting back to you about the camera today. We had an insanely busy day at work (they’ve been like that lately). I don’t know if you got the camera yet, but if you didn’t, drop me an email at I’ll try to respond to you right away tomorrow if/when you email.

    I’m off to bed now, yawn!

  3. I will never give up 🙂

  4. Freedom is what it’s all about!

  5. Definitely going after work!

  6. I’ve been so anxious all day. I’m ready for the results!

  7. yah i voted…. and, not even have to wait too long. this is a good day.

  8. perfect post for today my dear…xo

  9. Yay, I voted! Sorry I’ve been MIA on the comments lately – I love reading your updates though. You always have the best stories and posts and today is no exception!

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