The Land and the People

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    The land was old;
    These people new,
    Who came in 1492.
    And many a battle was fought
    Before
    The Pilgrims found the rockbound shore,
    Where only a few were
    Left alive
    Of many nations in ’75.
    The land was old;
    It had waited until
    A people came with heart and will
    To live in freedom and
    Serve the Lord,
    To welcome the homeless,
    And when the word
    Was framed for a nation
    Strong and free,
    The land was filled from sea to sea.
    And the land and the people
    Became a sign
    Of goodness and hope and trust divine.

    [illustration] Art illustrated by Pat M. Hoggan