Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A Happy Fourth

A happy and glorious fourth to all of you. I've been fighting an illness, some virus, for the past few days, so I won't be too wordy here. I have a poem for children which I found in one of my daughter's old fifth grade readers and thought it appropriate for the times and season. I pray that we would teach these sentiments to our children and grandchildren:

The Children's Song
Rudyard Kipling

Land of our Birth, we pledge to thee
Our love and toil in the years to be;
When we are grown and take our place
As men and women with our race.

Father in Heaven who lovest all,
Oh, help Thy children when they call;
That they may build from age to age
An undefiled heritage.

Teach us to bear the yoke in youth,
With steadfastness and careful truth;
That, in our time, Thy Grace may give
The Truth whereby the Nations live.

Teach us to rule ourselves alway,
Controlled and cleanly night and day;
That we may bring, if need arise,
No maimed or worthless sacrifice.

Teach us to look in all our ends,
On Thee for judge, and not our friends;
That we, with Thee, may walk uncowed
By fear or favor of the crowd.

Teach us the Strength that cannot seek,
By deed or thought, to hurt the weak;
That, under Thee, we may possess
Man's strength to comfort man's distress.

Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men 'neath the sun!

Land of our Birth, our faith, our pride,
For whose dear sake our fathers died;
O Motherland, we pledge to thee
Head, heart, and hand through the years to be!


Daughter of the King said...

Happy 4th to you and yours...praying that you get feeling better SOOOOON !!!!

Cathy said...

Happy July 4th to you and your family , Maxine. I pray you will be well soon.

Lori said...

What a great poem! I hope that you feel well enough to celebrate the 4th. Happy 4th to you and your family! In God I trust...and truly I do!!

Cathy said...

Forgot to say I liked the pretty picture and poem ~ :o)

A Note From Theresa said...

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!!!

Baptist Girl said...

Hi Maxine,
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY to you and your dear family! I pray for a wonderful holiday!



That is such a very good poem. I love all that it says. I hope you are soon feeling better. love you, connie from Texas

Beverly said...

Sorry I missed this! I got to wish you a happy 4th in person though!!

Bluestocking said...

Hope you feel better!