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The Connecticut State Cantata

Nutmeg

by Stanley L. Ralph

    Beautiful hills and valleys, flatlands which were called plains, rivers
    and lakes, the soft flowing streams and off the to the south, the ocean.
    Connecticut was a peaceful place back in its early beginning. The rustle
    of leaves the songs of the birds and the animal sounds were all that
    broke the quiet. The fish undisturbed, swam the lakes and the streams,
    the deer roamed the forest without fear. 

    Then, there appeared the first humans to disturb this peaceful scene.
    The Indians came. Oooh. The forest became hunting grounds. The plains
    became farms and villages. The ocean and rivers supplied them with fish
    and the names they were called sounded something like this: Siwangogs,
    Unkowas, Wepawaug, Paugusset, Quinnipiac, Wangunk, Saukiog, Pyquac,
    Hockanum, Tunxis, Massacoes, Podunk, Scanticock, Hehantics, Uncas,
    Sassacus, Mystic, Mohegan, Nipmucks, Pequot, Agawam. How!

    These were the larger Indian Tribes and their villages, and though they
    were all warlike, they were friendly to the Dutch and English who came
    later and traded the land for blankets, beads, guns, knives, coats and
    other tangible items. However, the Indians didn’t realize they would one
    day have to leave the lands which they sold. They thought of land as
    being like air, free to all!

    A threat to the colony of Connecticut, the Pequot war of sixteen
    thirty-seven ended in destruction of the Pequot Indians tribe. But this
    was not the end of aggression, and Connecticut began to grow when many
    newcomers like Thomas Hooker, his family and friends came looking for
    land and a new life to begin. This is were oppression for them would end.

    We want to have our own churches and choose our own ministers!

    Thus was born the first written Constitution of the Colonies. The
    Fundamental Orders. Government of the people and by the people and for
    the people. Amen. Written and adopted in 1639. Amen. Later developed
    into our present national government. Amen.

    Connecticut grew from year to year. The citizens rallied together in
    blood, sweat and tears. Towns were being settled, wars were being fought,
    and her natural resources were greater than the people thought. Lumbering,
    mining, shipping, whaling, fishing, trading, farming also, metal of the
    rocks, sawmills too, imports, exports. These are a few major occupations
    the people had to do and this is how Connecticut really grew.

    King Philip’s war. King William’s war. Queen Ann’s war. The Spanish war.
    The French and Indian war. 

    As a result of sharing in five wars there was a change in the way of
    living and a change in the way of thinking and yet, the people did not
    realize that a new struggle was beginning. The struggle for Independence!

    Descendents they were of the English. Proud of the names they bore, but
    they were no longer children, they were here and she was there.
    Connecticut objected strongly to the laws passed by the English Parliament.

    We will not pay your taxes! Oh yes you will. Oh no we won’t. Oh yes you
    will. Oh no we won’t and we will manufacture and trade our goods, this
    is our life. Your life! Our matters of survival, your taxes are too high.
    We will not pay. You have no right, we rebel, we’ll fight, you have no
    right.

    We are the “Sons of Liberty” and we dislike your taxes. Sugar tax, stamp
    tax, tea tax, trade tax. No! We’ll put the axe to taxes. We will defend
    our acts, indeed we’ll fight for out rights. {We’ll end taxes, we will
    defend our acts and fight for our rights.}

    Connecticut men were brave and bold, so the age old story is told. Led
    by Israel Putnam, Ethan Allen and Thomas Knowlton, they did so many
    valiant things, too numerous to quote them.

    Then there was one whom we can’t quite understand, led battles, was
    wounded, but never lost. Benedict Arnold became a traitor to the American
    Cause.

    There are others who are also worthy of being remembered as good Patriots.
    We never shall forget Nathan Hale who just before being hanged as a spy,
    said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
    {Nathan Hale did not die in vain. “I only regret that I have but one life
    to lose for my country.”}

    The end of the revolution created the birth of a free and independent
    nation. America. America. America. America. And proud to be one of the
    nine United States was Connecticut, Connecticut , who was growing with
    people, expanding in business and developing her many industries. In
    Waterbury they were making clocks. In Danbury they were making hats. In
    Meriden, the pots and pans, forks, knives and spoons, dishes too were
    being made for every household.

    What a history! And that’s not all! Did you know that the first patent
    issued by the United States was given to a Connecticut man? More patents
    are held by Connecticut than by any other state. Connecticut men have
    long been noted for their curiosity and experiments. Eli Whitney invented
    the cotton gin. Samuel Colt invented the Colt Revolver. Linus Yale
    invented the Yale Locks. Charles Goodyear vulcanized rubber. Simeon
    Rodgers electroplated silver on other metals. Eli Terry, Seth Thomas,
    Chauncy Jerome. Hickory, dickory, dock, these men invented clocks!

    A growing population caused a need for many things. Factories were going
    up, machines were being built, men and women were hired for the jobs and
    mass production in large quantitites soon supplied the people with all
    their needs. Ahhhh. Qui transtulit sustinet. 

    How beautiful her rolling hillsides, against a sky so blue. Beside the
    “Long Tidal River” she stands firm and true to the cause of the Union of
    America and is known as the “Constitution State.” How lovely blooms the
    mountain laurel throughout the county scenes, and sweetly sings the
    robin around the White Oak Tree. We ask God for his guidance and
    protection. Connecticut we sing of thee. Connecticut. Connecticut.
    Connecticut. Qui transtulit sustinet. He who transplanted still sustains.
    He who transplanted still sustains. He who transplanted still sustains.
    He who transplanted still sustains. And from your earliest beginning we
    can say thank God, thank God for today. Amen.

Adoption of State Cantata

The cantata, "Nutmeg", composed by Stanley L. Ralph, was adopted as the official state cantata of Connecticut on June 3, 2003.

House Bill 6085, Public Act 03-63

The following information is provided by the Connecticut General Assembly.

House Bill 6085
House Bill 6085, establishing "Nutmeg" as the official state cantata.

Source: Connecticut State Web Site, (http://www.state.ct.us), November 21, 2004
Source: Connecticut General Assembly, (http://www.cga.ct.gov), November 21, 2004




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