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A Visitors Lament

It is hard to place a foot
where a foot has not been placed
It is hard to find a soldier
whose line has not been traced
It is hard to comprehend
when a monument’s disgraced
’tis easy to say what might’ve been
when peril not we’ve faced

Easy it is to love this place
It’s ridges, hills and ground
Easy it is to find a peace
Where cannon did resound
Easy it is to write a line
Where stories do abound
Hard it is to face the west
And leave old Gettystown
**I chose this poem because it talks about Gettysburg, which is one of the Civil Wars most famous battles, and the place where Lincoln gave the famous “Gettysburg Address” on November 19, 1863. ¬†And basically describes the place.
 
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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Civil War Poetry

 

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Haiti’s pledge: La Dessalinienne

**English Translation

For our country, For our forefathers, United let us march.
Let there be no traitors in our ranks!
Let us be masters of our soil.
United let us march For our country, For our forefathers.
For our forebears, For our country Let us toil joyfully.
May the fields be fertile And our souls take courage.
Let us toil joyfully For our forebears, For our country.
For our country And for our forefathers, Let us train our sons.
Free, strong, and prosperous, We shall always be as brothers.
Let us train our sons For our country And for our forefathers.
For our forebears, For our country, Oh God of the valiant!
Take our rights and our life Under your infinite protection, Oh God of the valiant!
For our forebears, For our country.
For the flag, For our country To die is a fine thing!
Our past cries out to us: Have a disciplined soul!
To die is a fine thing, For the flag, For our country.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Pledges

 

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