“Look away,” across the fabled sea,
Our Fathers cried, with voices loud and clear,
There’s a place awaiting you and me
And all who’d live in hope and not in fear.
“Look away” from servitude and chains,
From tyrant greed and realms of dark decay,
There’s a promised land of shining plains
With liberty the air of each new day!
So they left their kindred, home and land,
And came here by the millions, wave on wave,
Joining in the glad and happy band
That forged a home for all, the free and brave.
Reaching for their dreams,they dimly viewed
The prize, but faith led on in freedom’s quest,
Mortal men their liberty pursued
And lo! A light was rising in the West!
Strong in heart, our Fathers saw that light
And breaking all the bonds of powers past,
Firm in declaration of the right,
Upon their God alone their fortunes cast.
Grace they had, and though they often erred,
And darkness sometimes slew the good and brave,
Hope was theirs till better days repaired
The land that God so blessed and freely gave.
Now to us is passed our Father’s will,
To keep one nation under God still free,
Liberty and justice living still,
While leaders rule with firm integrity.
Men who value truth above all else,
Who know that liberty no license makes,
Loving God and country more than self
And standing strong to give what freedom takes.
“Monuments must fall!” we hear the claim,
And tolerance must moral truth displace,
Some would trade our nation’s pride for shame,
And would our country’s heritage efface.
Brave men died to keep this freedom’s land,
And lesser men now take the elder seat,
Are there any left who dare to stand
And snatch the country back from sure defeat?
Look away, across the amber plain,
A million footsteps marching can be heard,
Prayers are gathering in like ripened grain,
The People only need to speak the word!
Say that justice means we live by law,
And there’s a price to pay for liberty,
Truth enshrined, our Father’s clearly saw,
Is what, alone, can make a people free.
look away and take up freedom’s song,
Declare the right to life,and life that’s good,
Patriots who join a mighty throng,
And truly know the bond of brotherhood.
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