segunda-feira, 14 de setembro de 2009

Undimmed By Human Tears


When I was nine we practiced a bicentennial program in our elementary school. As part of the program a teacher was explaining the verses of ‘America the Beautiful’.

“How beautiful for patriot dream,
That sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears.

How beautiful for heroes, proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self, their country loved,
And mercy more than life.”

She explained that the phrase ‘undimmed by human tears’ meant that we had never had an attack of a city on American soil.

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Photo Daniel Hulshizer AP

On the morning of September 11th 2001 that changed with the vicious attack of innocent people in our country.

President George W. Bush declared the following Friday a National Day of Prayer.

I was worried for my family and my country. I needed the consolation of prayer too. I watched the prayer ceremonies on television that day and said a few of my own. I will never forget God’s power and the unity that I felt with my fellow Americans that day. Despite all the horrible occurrences I felt that we were in God’s hands and he was still in control.

That day I wrote a few verses of my own for America the Beautiful, with one chorus at the end.

(To the tune and meter of the verses of America the Beautiful. ‘Oh beautiful, for spacious skies………)

How deep the grief that turns our heart,
The tears that bend the knee,
The ache that pulls us close again,
And closer still to Thee.

The trembling, halting, breaking voice,
In songs we’ve always known,
Though eyes divert we can’t help see,
The hollow in our home.

For souls who flooded heaven’s door,
That ever darkened hour,
Encircled by Thy angel host,
Encircled by Thy power.

America, America!
God grasp thy quaking hand!
And wash us pure, as we secure
Thy freedom for this land!

-Lynnae

4 comentários:

Clausewitz disse...

Peço ao amigo que me permita fugir da pauta e propagandear minhas mais novas enquetes:

O jornalista Muntadhar al-Zeidi, que ganhou fama mundial ao atirar seus sapatos no então presidente americano George Bush no fim do ano passado, está sendo libertado hoje e deverá ser recebido em seu povoado com honras de chefe de Estado e com muita comilança pela família, que lhe prometeu alguns pares de sapato para que Muntadhar continue sua sina de homem-sapato, o que já é uma grande evolução em um país onde os homens e mais recentemente as mulheres ao invés de jogarem sapatos, se jogam com bombas no adversário...

Pois bem, cientes de que temos contas a ajustar com a cena política nacional, em qual personalidade da atual e deprimente realidade republicana o amigo e a amiga atirariam um sapato com muito chulé? funcionaremos com duas enquetes, sendo a já mencionada sapatada nos anjos nacionais e outra que estimará quem deve ser alvejado fora do Brasil... para termos o perfeito perfil do alvo, solicito que a atual enquete seja divulgada para toda a família e amigos, para que durante 15 dias possamos renovar nosso estoque de pisantes...

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Nickie Goomba disse...

Obrigado por este destacamento, meu amigo. Lynnae certamente será feliz para aprender palavras dela ter ido internacional.

Lynnae disse...

Thank you for reading my words and sharing them with others. It's humbling to know people all over the world are reading, and more importantly, that they also have a passion for seeing people live in freedom.

Stenio Guilherme Vernasque da Silva disse...

Americam people and lovely democracy and State Law!
You're welcome!