THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Record Ob­server reader Thomas G. Scud­eri sub­mit­ted the fol­low­ing poem to be pub­lished in recog­ni­tion of In­de­pen­dence Day.

Scud­eri said, “Ev­ery 4th of July we are re­minded of the courage of our coun­try’s fore­fa­thers in declar­ing our in­de­pen­dence from Eng­land.”

Scud­eri said he learned the poem, “Amer­ica for Me” as an el­e­men­tary stu­dent, and he hopes it moves oth­ers in the same way it as al­ways moved him.

“Amer­ica for Me” ‘Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down

Among the fa­mous palaces and cities of renown,

To ad­mire the crumbly cas­tles and the stat­ues of the kings, —

But now I think I’ve had enough of an­ti­quated things.

So it’s home again, and home again, Amer­ica for me!

My heart is turn­ing home again, and there I long to be,

In the land of youth and free­dom be­yond the ocean bars,

Where the air is full of sun­light and the flag is full of stars!

Oh, Lon­don is a man’s town, there’s power in the air;

And Paris is a woman’s town, with flow­ers in her hair;

And it’s sweet to dream in Venice’ and it’s great to study in Rome;

But when it comes to liv­ing there is no place like home.

I like the Ger­man fir­woods, in green bat­tal­ions drilled;

I like the gar­dens of Ver­sailles with flash­ing fountains filled;

But, oh, to take your hand, my dear, and ram­ble for a day

In the friendly west­ern wood­land where Na­ture has her way!

I know that Europe’s won­der­ful, yet some­thing seems to lack:

The Past is too much with her, and the peo­ple look­ing back.

But the glory of the Present is to make the Fu­ture free, —

We love our land for what she is and what she is to be.

Oh, it’s home again, and home again, Amer­ica for me!

I want a ship that’s west­ward bound to plough the rolling sea

To the blessed Land of Room Enough be­yond the ocean bars,

Where the air is full of sun­light and the flag is full of stars! Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

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