They couldn’t stand privation. You never
can stand it unless you have within you some imperishable
food upon which to sustain life and courage, the food
of those visions of the spirit where a table is set
before us laden with palatable fruits, the fruits of
hope, the fruits of imagination, those invisible things
of the spirit which are the only things upon which
we can sustain ourselves through this weary world
without fainting. We have carried in our minds,
after you had thought you had obscured and blurred
them, the ideals of those men who first set their
foot upon America, those little bands who came to make
a foothold in the wilderness, because the great teeming
nations that they had left behind them had forgotten
what human liberty was, liberty of thought, liberty
of religion, liberty of residence, liberty of action.
Since their day the meaning of liberty has deepened.
But it has not ceased to be a fundamental demand of
the human spirit, a fundamental necessity for the
life of the soul. And the day is at hand when
it shall be realized on this consecrated soil,—a
New Freedom,—a Liberty widened and deepened
to match the broadened life of man in modern America,
restoring to him in very truth the control of his
government, throwing wide all gates of lawful enterprise,
unfettering his energies, and warming the generous
impulses of his heart,—a process of release,
emancipation, and inspiration, full of a breath of
life as sweet and wholesome as the airs that filled
the sails of the caravels of Columbus and gave the
promise and boast of magnificent Opportunity in which
America dare not fail.
THE COUNTRY LIFE PRESS, GARDEN CITY, N.Y.