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America The Brave

By

Alice C. Bateman

  Weíve made the ocean crossing

Jon perished on the sea

Now all thatís left is Anna

The babe Pieter, and me

 

It was so hard to lose him

My husband that I loved

But I must now accept Godís Will

He took his soul above

 

Now only hours are left me

Before we leave this ship

Should soon see the horizon

Then dock along the slip

 

Iíve heard of Ellis Island

And a Lady with a Light

Who will guide our ship in

She glows throughout the night

 

Iím so scared, just petrified

Afraid of what will be

Without my man beside me

My heartís below the sea

 

Now there are cries and laughter

Excitement, theyíve seen land

As the ship approaches

I see the giant hand

 

I feel the Lady beckon

Feel freedom in the air

She holds aloft her beacon

We are almost there

 

My baby smiles, my heart pounds

Weíve finally reached the shore

A land so rich in promises

Weíll stay forevermore

 

Perhaps my darling husband

Is looking from on high

Seeing this bright beacon

Reach to the endless sky

Iíll find my strength, Iíll have to

To raise my babes alone

And pray God that He helps me

Find peace in our new home

 

America the Beautiful

America the Brave

Here I will always cherish

The baby that He gave

 

Born on the ocean crossing

His Daddy held him close

Just before death took him

And the ocean waters rose

 

I must stop all this crying

Must look ahead and try

To make the most of this new life

Before it passes by

 

The Lady with the Lantern

Is such a wondrous sight

I will always think of her

In deepest darkest night

 

She has somehow calmed me

Brought solace to my soul

And made me see that life, not death

Must be my newfound goal

 

Iíll meet Jon in Heaven

When my time is done

And tell him how I made a life

For his tiny baby son

 

America, weíre here now

And we will face the day

With a smile Jon would be proud of

Even though he's gone away

 

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