Giving Thanks

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Giving Thanks.




Thou that dost save through pain,
   And dost, afflicting, bless,
We offer Thee from prostrate hearts
   The Greater Thankfulness!

Lord, Thou hast humbled pride—
   Hast shown the world at length
What ruthlessness may dwell with Power,
   What bankruptcy with Strength;

And teaching us the scorn
   Of trifles that beguile,
Hast given us, dear God, to live
   When life is most worth while!

We thank Thee for the dream
   That heroes dreamed of yore,
For the desire of good, the will
   Earth's freedom to restore;

Spoiled children of the Past,
   To-day, more nobly blest,
We thank Thee who hast wakened us,
   And asked of us our best!

God of the young and brave
   Who nothing know of fear,
Who hold the things that life outlast
   Than life itself more dear,

We thank Thee that our souls
   Are strong as theirs to give—
All, all we cherish most on earth,
   That Liberty may live!

That we, O Good supreme!
   Still through our tears can see
On the brow of Death an aureole
   Of Immortality!

Florence Earle Coates, in Philadelphia Public Ledger


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