Disappointing Longfellow

William J. Yavelak, MD
H.W. Longfellow (1807-1882) wrote the following insightful poem, crying out truly the hope of all mankind which rested with the then fledgling nation. How sad that we are now nearing the complete negation of the founding principles. The essence of those principles can be grasped in Emerson's words that follow the poem. Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!Sail on, O Union, strong and great!Humanity with all its fears,With all the hopes of future years,Is hanging breathless on thy fate!We know what Master laid thy keel,What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,What anvils rang, what hammers beat,In what a forge and what a heatWere shaped the anchors of thy hope!Fear not each sudden sound and shock,'Tis of the wave and not the rock;'Tis but the flapping of the sail,And not a rent made by the gale!In spite of rock and tempest's roar,In spite of false lights on the shore,Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee.Our...(Read Full Post)

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