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NUMBER: 1474
AUTHOR: Henry Morton Robinson (1898–1961)
QUOTATION: Stars above our cornfields,
Morning-colored wind,
Snow, and wood-fires burning
On hearths we leave behind.
(Shine for us, dear beacons.)

God of the hidden purpose,
Let our embarking be
The prayer of proud men asking
Not to be safe, but free.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRY MORTON ROBINSON, “Litany for D-Day: 1944,” stanzas 4 and 5, The Enchanted Grindstone and Other Poems, p. 93 (1952).