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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1239
AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: I know three things must always be
To keep a nation strong and free.
One is a hearthstone bright and dear,
With busy, happy loved ones near.
One is a ready heart and hand
To love, and serve, and keep the land.
One is a worn and beaten way
To where the people go to pray.
So long as these are kept alive,
Nation and people will survive.
God keep them always, everywhere—
The home, the heart, the place of prayer.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown, “Three Things.”—Sourcebook of Poetry, comp. Al Bryant, p. 514 (1968). A variation of this poem appeared in the Congressional Record, January 14, 1959, vol. 105, Appendix, p. A144.