The History of Leith

April 14, 2012

Let us cultivate patriotism-Sermon 1922

Let us cultivate patriotism. We ought never to be
ashamed of it. It is as natural to the’ human race as
is the family itself. The world is not ready to put internationalism
in its place. It is too remote, too
susceptible of manipulation, like the Roman Chureh,
by astute men for ends which are really below- the
ideal. But patriotism is measurable, is understandable,
is consistent; its dangers can be more easily watched
and guarded against. The moral atmosphere of a
-country, and its representative institutions, twine
themselves round the heart and may-be gradually
moulded and improved. The provision of the best
possible opportunities for the young, as they prepare
to set out on life, is one of the aims before every progressive
country. Where there is a heritage of liberty
as there is in Britain and her dependencies, affection
and patriotism take root and their strength is incalculable.
We may appropriate the American words :
” My country, ’tis ‘of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing ;
Land where our fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountain-side
Let Freedom ring ! ”

source-South Leith magazine 1922

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