Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"To Ponder and Dream ..."

Gettysburg cannon
"In great deeds, something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate the ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls."
- Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, 1886

12 comments:

  1. Those words are truly so very appropriate for Gettysburg Battlefield.

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  2. oh what i wouldn't give to eat some of that lancaster food!!! yum! enjoy your time there, we love that place.

    i have to go get sarge in about an hour, finally!!!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  3. Beautiful Linda. Enjoy your exploration with Amanda. I know you two will have a terrific time.

    Have a great day. Big hug. :)

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  4. Such wonderful scenery you're seeing and I can't wait to hear more about Poe's funeral!! I love history stuff like that. What a treat for Amanda to have met her favourite author, love the picture of her with him:-) Yes, of course, it is definitely in our parental contract to embarass our children at any given opportunity! hehe Thank you so much for the b'day wishes. xoxo

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  5. Wonderful words and that looks like a painting Linda - you took the photo I presume?

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  6. That was really beautiful, Linda--such a haunting photo and poignant quote.

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  7. "But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."

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  8. Pennsylvania has some of my most favorite back-roads to explore. So beautiful!

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  9. It's funny... I just stumbled upon this blog and when I saw "lackland air force base" I had to say... I grew up in the flight path to lackland not 5 miles away in San Antonio. I thought it was normal to have C5's low over your house every day. Even got to see the space shuttle a couple of times! Now I run a landscape company in denton, tx. Small world when you look at it like I do.

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  10. What a haunting scene you've captured!

    Wonderful quote from Col. Chamberlain. Linda.

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  11. Colonel Chamberlain's words were certainly prophetic.

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