286. Who Are the Patriots?

1 Who are the patriots? Those who light
the torch of war from hill to hill?
Or those who kindle on the heights
the beacons of a world's good will?

2 Who are the patriots? Those who serve
this globe suspended in the dark of space.
This fragile planet they conserve,
the homeland of the human race.

3 We draw our boundaries in our pride,
defend them with our children's blood.
But rains and winds and ocean tides
declare the truth; the world is one.

4 Who are the patriots? Only those
whose purpose is the common good,
who in their love all lands enclose,
whose world is all one neighborhood.

Text Information
First Line: Who are the patriots? Those who light
Title: Who Are the Patriots?
Adapter: Roberta Bard Ruby (1987)
Author: Frederick Lawrence Knowles (1904)
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Care for the environment; Good will; Human Family (3 more...)
Tune Information
Key: C Major
Source: Thomas Williams' Psalmodia Evangelica, 1789

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