Peace to All on July 4th!

This is my song, O God of all the nations,
A song of peace, for lands afar & mine.
This is my home, the country where my heart is;
Hear are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine.
But other hearts in other lands are beating
With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.

My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean
And sunlight beams on clover leaf and pine,
But other lands have sunlight too, and clover
And skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
O hear my song, thou God of all the nations
A song of peace for their land and for mine.

-“Finlandia”, composed by Jean Sibelius, lyrics by Veiko Antero Koskenniemi

6 thoughts on “Peace to All on July 4th!

  1. Joan Hine

    Lovely. I’ve always struggled with putting my patriotism higher than other peoples of the world. What an eloquent piece.


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