We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Holy City Frederick E. Weatherly, Lyrics; Michael Maybrick, Music (photo)
Last night I lay a sleeping,there came a dream so fair, I stood in old Jerusalem beside the temple there. I heard the children singing, and ever as they sang, Methought the voice of angels from Heav’n in answer rang; Methought the voice of angels from Heav’n in answer rang:— “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Lift up your gates and sing, Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna to your King!”
And then methought my dream was chang’d, The streets no longer rang, hush’d were the glad hosannas the little children sang. The sun grew dark with mystery, the morn was cold and chill, as the shadow of a cross arose upon a lonely hill, as the shadow of a cross arose upon a lonely hill. “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Hark! how the angels sing, Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna to your King.”
And once again the scene was chang’d, new earth there seem’d to be, I saw the Holy City beside the tideless sea; The light of God was on its streets, the gates were open wide, And all who would might enter, and no one was denied. No need of moon or stars by night, or sun to shine by day, It was the new Jerusalem, that would not pass away, It was the new Jerusalem, that would not pass away. “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Sing, for the night is o’er! Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna for evermore! Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna for evermore!”
(iTunes has a decent, dramatic, but not exceptional, version of this astonishingly lovely and emotional anthem, performed by the Robert Shaw Chorale. I like what they do with the violins, but the orchestration is overdone. Worth having for those moments when you need it - and in this life, we do need this song to feed the soul.)