The Land and the People

By Mabel Jones Gabbott

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    The land was old;

    These people new,

    Who came in 1492.

    And many a battle was fought


    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.

    Art illustrated by Pat M. Hoggan