Fair Is Our Land

Fair Is Our Land

Fair Is Our Land

Fair Is Our Land

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Patriotism, like other kinds of love, finds its true nourishment in the still places of the soul, in the hidden chambers of the heart, not in our mouths. We Americans had slipped into the easy habit of assuming that ours was the richest, therefore the greatest, land on earth, powerful beyond fear of challenge; and we said so, too loudly and too often.

Now to the ultimate good of our souls we are learning the truth: that freedom and security cannot be bought on twelve easy payments. We are learning again a thing which our fathers well knew, and which in our fatness we had forgotten: that love, whether it be love of God, man, or country, grows by giving, not taking. We dreamed of a heaven brought down to earth by closing our eyes and wishing. No more! Heaven is there; but it may not be had for nothing. Now we know that the earth is round, and our bit of it subject to the same ancient laws that govern the rest. We had one . . .

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