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.
American Samuel Barber wrote this in 1936. In 1967 he used the same music arranged for vocal performance to set Agnus Dei. I have had the great good fortune to participate as a tenor in performing it. The link below will enable you to listen to a much more accomplished group sing it. Begging God for peace and mercy is rather appropriate on Memorial Day as well.