This morning in church we sung America the Beautiful (719 in the Episcopal hymnal) and I was struck by the second verse:
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,I wish the people in power would take in that idea of loving mercy more than life (not to mention self-control and liberty in law).
who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life!
America, America, God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law.