From the July/August, 2012 issue of Touchstone
A Song for a Nation by Anthony Esolen

ILLUMINATIONS
Anthony Esolen on Christian Hymns

A Song for a Nation

One of the great pleasures of riding a bicycle in a state as long-settled as Rhode Island is that, when you're not in the city, you often find yourself in the midst of a palimpsest of human life in its passage through the many years. There are the little "historical cemeteries," about a thousand of them, sometimes no more than a small family plot, protected by iron fences and dutifully tended. There are the miles of low stone walls running zigzag through the woods, marking what used to be fields and pastures. There are square pits in the earth, old root cellars, perhaps; and sometimes the wal . . .


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