Sarah Josepha Hale William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-22-18

How could you have not heard of Sarah Josepha Hale? She wrote a poem that every child who speaks English knows, a poem that will be forever remembered as the first audio ever artificially recorded when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. Yes, Mrs. Hale is the author of Mary Had a Little Lamb.

What is less known is that she is the person likely most responsible for making Thanksgiving a national holiday. Her crusading finally reached a willing ear on President Lincoln in 1863. Mrs. Hale lived on Locust Street in Philadelphia.

Sarah Josepha Hale William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-22-18

Sarah Josepha Hale William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 11-22-18

Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers

The poem below, Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers, was written by Felicia Hemans, an Englishwoman who lived from 1793 to 1835. Happy Thanksgiving. 

Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers

The breaking waves dashed high
On a stern and rock-bound coast,
And the woods against a stormy sky
Their giant branches tossed;

And the heavy night hung dark,
The hills and waters o’er,
When a band of exiles moored their bark
On the wild New England shore.

Not as the conqueror comes,
They, the true-hearted came;
Not with the roll of the stirring drums,
And the trumpet that sings of fame;

Not as the flying come,
In silence and in fear;
They shook the depths of the desert gloom
With their hymns of lofty cheer.

Amidst the storm they sang,
And the stars heard, and the sea;
And the sounding aisles of the dim woods rang
To the anthem of the free.

The ocean eagle soared
From his nest by the white wave’s foam;
And the rocking pines of the forest roared–
This was their welcome home.

There were men with hoary hair
Amidst the pilgrim band:
Why had they come to wither there,
Away from their childhood’s land?

There was woman’s fearless eye,
Lit by her deep love’s truth;
There was manhood’s brow, serenely high,
And the fiery heart of youth.

What sought they thus afar?
Bright jewels of the mine?
The wealth of seas, the spoils of war?
They sought a faith’s pure shrine!

Ay, call it holy ground,
The soil where first they trod;
They have left unstained what there they found —
Freedom to worship God.

Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers

Landing Of The Pilgrim Fathers

Single kind word William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 11-22-18

Single kind word William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 11-22-18

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Single kind word William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 11-22-18 Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing ye to the Lord and bless his name: shew forth his salvation from day to day. PsalmsAnswer to yesterday’s William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit quote puzzle: A single kind word will keep one warm for years.
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