PennsylvaniaIn my dreams, I see my homeland;Pennsylvania by Fredericus-Rex
Far too long I've been away.
Land of wondrous charm and beauty,
Far from her, my skies are gray.
Land which gave me love and nurture,
Here, in which my life began,
How I long for Pennsylvania,
Many splendoured native land.
Delaware and Susquehannock
Were the first to call this home,
'Fore the white men first set foot,
Did Iroquois and Shawnee roam,
Here were built their mighty nations,
From the very earth itself,
In these ancient vales and mountains,
Stemming from all nature's wealth.
Then came settlers o'er the oceans,
Dutchman, Englishman, and Swede,
Driven by the hunt for treasures
And resources they did need.
But the vision of the Quakers
For a land where freedom shone,
Where all men would live as brothers —
That was the foundation stone.
Welsh- and Irish-, French- and Scotsman,
Dutch and Scandinavian,
Protestant or Cath'lic peoples,
Tolerated all, within.
With the very first of settlers
Germans, too, were welcomed in;
Lithuanian and Polak,