Not Thanks, But Praise

Not thanks, but praise,
Yea, praise to independence,
Praise on praise on praise
To men who drive with sense
Up their independent ways!

And songs, not prayers,
Yea, songs to honest seeing,
Singing, singing, singing,
To men whose joy of being
Is the measure of their days!

To all of us—for loving,
Yea, the best that is our own,
Our lives lived independent,
Integrity’s story shown!
Praise on praise on praise
For all our single lights
Illumining the trademarks
Of our individual heights!

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