Promised Land

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

– Abraham Lincoln
First Inaugural Address, March 4th 1861

Angel Among the Ruins, Pierre-Amédée Marcel-Béronneau, 1897, watercolor, pencil, and gouache on paper:


6 thoughts on “Promised Land

  1. Bill says:

    You don’t see prose like that everyday or, unfortunately, experience the sentiment. Nice selection.

    I’ve resolved to do my part. The other day, a guy wearing a Yankees cap sat next to me on the subway — and I tried to think positive thoughts about him. The I tried to at least not think negative thoughts about him. Both efforts failed, of course — but maybe with practice. . . 🙂

    Seriously, though, the posting is right on target.

    • artmodel says:


      I don’t think even Lincoln had the resolve to make peace between Red Sox fans and Yankee fans. North and South during the Civil War was less daunting in comparison 😆 And what was that guy thinking wearing a Yankees cap on the Boston subway? Does he have a death wish?

      Glad you liked the post. Thanks for your comments!


  2. Derek says:

    Happy Holidays to you and the family
    Thanks for sharing this lovely post

  3. Dave says:


    I knew Lincoln was the source of the phrase, “better angels of our nature,” but I wasn’t familiar with the context. That guy was pretty good with words.

    Thanks again for the good advice, and happy holidays to you!


    • artmodel says:


      Yeah, Lincoln wasn’t too shabby with oratory! Eloquence like this is pretty rare. The “better angels” quote is timeless, and applicable today … and always.

      Have a wonderful holiday Dave. The best to you and your family 🙂


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