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There is a land, of every land the pride,
Beloved by heaven, o'er all the world beside;
Where brighter suns dispense serener light,
And milder moons emparadise the night;
A land of beauty, virtue, valour, truth,
Time-tutor'd age, and love-exalted youth;
The wand'ring mariner, whose eye explores
The wealthiest isles, the most enchanting shores,
Views not a realm so bountiful and fair,
Nor breathes the spirit of a purer air.
In ev'ry clime the magnet of his soul,
Touch'd by remembrance, trembles to that pole;
For in this land of heaven's peculiar grace,
The heritage of nature's noblest race,
There is a spot of earth, supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest,
Where man, creation's tyrant, casts aside
His sword and sceptre, pageantry and pride,
While in his soften'd looks benignly blend
The sire, the son, the husband, brother, friend:
Here woman reigns; the mother, daughter, wife,
Strews with fresh flowers the narrow path of life;
In the clear heaven of her delightful eye
An angel-guard of loves and graces lie;
Around her knees domestic duties meet,
And fire-side pleasures gambol at her feet.
Where shall that land, that spot of earth, be found?
Art thou a man? a patriot? look around;
Oh, thou shalt find, howe'er thy footsteps roam,
That land thy country, and that spot thy home.

by James Montgomery

Comments (2)

I don't know how many times this can be said, but it is difficult to write a 'message' poem' (or any art for that matter) and make it work. This one works really well. The form is great - though I think that capitalising the first word of each stanza when the lines are mid-sentences, looks a little awkward and it might be a good idea (to help the flow) to use commas where needed. That said I like this very much. On the narration itself, you couldn't have said it any better. I despair at some of the commentary that passes for analysis of the middle- Eastern crisis (some borders on naked anti semitism) . This sounds to me like a call to reason. The justification of acts of war should be made clear to the critics who should then view them (unpartisan-like) , weighing up those. A good poem my friend. My criticism of the text are probably a result of me being partisan. You may well have your reasons.
perfect work of art!