Thursday 24 November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, America!
Abraham Lincoln's Manifesto of Gratitude

"The year
that is drawing towards its close,
has been filled with the blessings
of fruitful fields and healthful skies.
To these bounties,
which are so constantly enjoyed
that we are prone to forget
the source from which they come,
others have been added,
which are of so extraordinary a nature,

that they cannot fail
to penetrate and soften even the heart
which is habitually insensible
to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
It has seemed to me fit and proper
that they should be solemnly,
reverently and gratefully acknowledged
as with one heart and voice
by the whole American people.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens
in every part of the United States,
and also those who are at sea
and those who are sojourning in foreign lands,
to set apart and observe
the last Thursday of November next,
as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise
to our beneficent Father
who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that
while offering up the ascriptions
justly due to Him for such singular deliverances
and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence
for our national perverseness and disobedience,
commend to his tender care all those
who have become widows, orphans, mourners
or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife
in which we are unavoidably engaged,

and fervently implore
the interposition of the Almighty Hand
to heal the wounds of the nation
and to restore it as soon as may be consistent
with the Divine purpose
to the full enjoyment of peace,
harmony, tranquillity and Union."

Quoted from
"A Declaration of Thanksgiving"
Abraham Lincoln's Manifesto of Gratitude
October 3, 1863

Photographed in 2009
in the fields and meadows of
Lake Neusiedl-Seewinkel
National Park

© by Merisi

Lake Neusiedl is located
less than an hour's drive
south of Vienna


  1. Be given and thanked blissfully ...
    Bonne journée !!!

  2. Beautiful pics. I'm looking forward to today off.

  3. Merisi, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for this truly beautiful post. The words and photos are in harmony.

    (You've made me chuckle with the chestnut soup update. xo)

  4. Beautiful, Merisi. Thank you!

  5. I'm an American I had never before read Abraham Lincoln's proclamation of a national holiday called Thanksgiving. It is so reverent and touching. Thank you for the good wishes and for taking time to remember our day of Thanksgiving, Merisi!

  6. M-Noëlle,
    merci! :-)

    Charles Gramlich,
    I'd love to get a peak at your Southern Thanksgiving table. ;-)

    Thank you, Francis! I hope you are enjoying the weekend off work!
    The chestnut soup was not my greatest moment, was it? Freudian slip, can't explain it, because I knew it was a parsnip soup. Maybe it was because thinking back at that glorious moment of culinary art .....

    you are welcome! :-)

    first, I LOVE THANKSGIVING, secondly, with more Americans than any other around my family table, how could I ever forget? ;-) I hope you are enjoying the weekend to the fullest!


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