Thursday 22 November 2018

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. Beautiful photos and post,
    Happy Thanksgiving. Greetings

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family, dear Merisi!

  3. A wonderful tribute to a special day..........and to the exceptional man who believed in giving thanks.

  4. The different shades of green and yellow are wonderful!

  5. Gorgeous shots!

    Lincoln had such a mastery of the language. He'd have been a great writer had he chosen that field instead of the law and politics.

  6. Wonderfully bright autumnal colours and shots!

  7. Thank you all!

  8. Wonderful, beautiful artful and so profound the wording shared. It was a busy, great time with family and friends and now, we shall all await Christmas. Sweet greetings coming your way my friend~

  9. Thank you for the post. Beautiful and fitting photos and a reminder, by Lincoln, of where our thoughts should be on this day.

  10. This is so beautiful and gourgeus photos. I like it all... kisses

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