“Wee Shall Be As a Citty on a Hill”

Observed at the Spruce street entrance to the Boston Common:



For wee must consider that wee shall be as a citty on a hill. The eies of all people are uppon us soe that if wee shall deale falsely with our God in this worke we haue undertaken…we shall be taken as a story and a by-word throughout the world–John Winthrop on board The Arbella 1630

Thus out of smalle beginings greater things haue been produced by his hand that made all things of nothing…and as one small candle may light a thousand so the light here kindled hath shone to many yea in some sorte of our whole nation–William Bradford at Charles-Towne 1630

In gratitude to God for the blessing enjoyed under a free government the City of Boston has erected this memorial on the three-hundredth anniversary of its founding–1630-1930


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