Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy 4th Everyone

The Land of Liberty

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.

I love her rivers, deep and wide,
Those mighty streams that seaward glide
To seek the ocean's breast;
Her smiling fields, her pleasant vales,
Her shady dells, her flow'ry dales,
The haunts of peaceful rest.

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.

Her forests and her valleys fair,
Her flowers that scent the morning air--
All have their charms for me;
But more I love my country's name,
Those words that echo deathless fame,
"The Land of Liberty."


Adrienne in Ohio said...

Happy Independence Day! I love the red, white and blue flowers in the header photo. :)

Kanak Hagjer said...

Lovely images and verse! Wish you a happy 4th!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lona, Yes, liberty is a gift. Despite America's fallibility it is a great place to live. Your red, white and blue flowers are yummy.

Happy 4th to you too.

Kelly said...

Happy Fourth to you as well! Love those red, white and blue flowers!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Happy 4th of July! We are lucky to live in this beautiful country!
I love that your avatar is dressed for the day :)

JOE TODD said...

Right back at you..Have a great day

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Happy 4th of July to you, too, Lona;-) I hope you have a wonderful day with your family and blue blue skies, with a sunny day and a light, gentle breeze! Your flowers go so well with this day of Independence, the shades of red, white and blue are striking!

Barb said...

Love your red white and blue flowers. Hope you and your family have a happy and safe holiday.

Colleen Wms said...

I've been wanting to do a red, white & blue plant combination in time for July 4th blooming for years now and always get stuck on the blue when it comes down to it. It looks like you have a deep purple plant in there?