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Twas The Night Before Christmas (Linguists’ Version)

Twas The Night Before Christmas (Linguists’ Version) by Dr. Dave Sayers https://www.academia.edu/9856733 (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license) Twas the night before Christmas in the ivory tower, Not a creature was stirring at the midnight hour, Twas a problem for linguists who live to hear sounds, Consonants, vowels (open or round). We linguists were nestled all snug […]

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America for Me

by Henry Van Dyke

’Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down
Among the famous places and cities of renown,
To admire the crumbly castles and the statues of their kings —
But now I think I’ve had enough of antiquated things.

So it’s home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be,
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

Oh, London is a man’s town, there’s power in the air;
And Paris is a woman’s town, with flowers in the hair;
And it’s sweet to dream in Venice, and it’s great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living… there is no place like home.

It’s Home Again, and Home Again, America for Me

So it’s home again, and home again, America for me!
My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be,
In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

Thank you, Henry Van Dyke. I couldn't have said it better myself. Although, on the other hand, it was loverly to be in Virginia Beach ov'r the weekend, witnessing not only the marriage of my cousin Joel and his bride Kirk, but also the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean.