Liberty for All

This week’s write up could have gone in a few different directions but in the end, there was only one clear choice – no write up.  Please take the time to read this patriotic poem by William Ross Wallace (1819-1881) celebrating America’s independence and liberty.  It is said to have helped name the Liberty Bell and was also adopted as the pride of abolitionists. Although the bell cracked long ago and no longer tolls, it is an American treasure symbolizing liberty for all.  Our Dad’s Flag recently had an incredible visit in Philadelphia, PA with Cynthia MacLeod, Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park, steward of the Liberty Bell.

“The Liberty Bell”

Our thanks to Superintendent MacLeod & staff – the stewards of national treasures.

   A sound like a sound of thunder rolled,
        And the heart of a nation stirred—
   For the bell of Freedom, at midnight tolled,
         Through a mighty land and was heard.
    And the chime still rung
    From its iron tongue
        Steadily swaying to and fro;
    And to some it came
    Like a breath of flame—
        And to some a sound of wo.

   Above the dark mountain, above the blue wave
   It was heard by the fettered, and heard by the brave—
   It was heard in the cottage, and heard in the hall—
   And its chime gave a glorious summons to all—
   The sabre was sharpened—the time-rusted blade
   Of the Bond started out in the pioneer’s glade
   Like a herald of wrath:  And the host was arrayed!
   Along the dark mountain, along the blue wave
   Swept the ranks of the Bond—swept the ranks of the Brave;
   And a shout as of waters went up to the dome.
        When a star blazing banner unfurled,
   Like the wing of some Seraph flashed out from its home,
        Uttered freedom and hope to the world.
   O’er the hill-top and tide its magnificent fold,
   With a terrible glitter of azure and gold,
   In the storm, in the sunshine, and darkness unrolled.
   It blazed in the valley—it blazed on the mast—
   It leaped with its Eagle abroad on the blast;
   And the eyes of whole nations were turned to its light;
        And the heart of the multitude soon
   Was swayed by its stars, as they shone through the night
        Like an ocean when swayed by the moon.

   Again and through the midnight that Bell thunders out,
   And banners and torches are hurried about:–
   A shout as of waters!  a long-uttered cry!
   How it leaps, how it leaps from the earth to the sky!
   From the sky to the earth, from the earth to the sea,
   Hear a chorus re-echoed, “The People are Free!”
   That old Bell is still seen by the Patriot’s eye,
   And he blesses it ever, when journeying by;
   Long years have passed o’er it, and yet every soul
   Will thrill in the night to its wonderful roll;
   For it speaks in its belfry, when kissed by the blast,
   Like a glory-breathed tone from the mystical Past.
   Long years shall roll o’er it, and yet every chime
   Shall unceasingly tell of an era sublime
   More splendid, more dear than the rest of all time.
   O yes!  If the flame on our altars should pale,
        Let its voice but be heard, and the Freeman shall start
   To rekindle the fire, while he sees on the gale,
        All the stars, and the stripes of the Flag of his heart!

(The Liberty Bell by William Ross Wallace from Meditations in America, New York:  Charles Scribner, 1851. From: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~class/am485_97/revolution/William.htm)
 

Need More Bell?

Visit the US Department of the Interior’s National Park Service website dedicated to the Liberty Bell Center online http://www.nps.gov/inde/liberty-bell-center.htm

Thank You for Reading!

Thanks for reading, following and commenting.  We hope to have more photos to add to our “behind the scenes” link soon. We’re missing Dad terribly but having some great Skype sessions where the kids get to fill him in on school, parties, life and the progress of Our Dad’s Flag!  If you like our family project in patriotism, share it with a friend. Feel free to tweet all about it and like us on Facebook.  So where’s the flag heading to next? Well, don’t you just love a parade . . .

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