Land generally refers to the exposed portion of the Earth that is not covered by water.


  • Generally speaking, no young tree is allowed to stand on copyhold land.
    • Edward Coke, 3rd Rep. 15; reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 147. Hence the maxim, that "the oak scorns to grow except on free land."
  • The land was ours before we were the land's.
    She was our land more than a hundred years
    Before we were her people. She was ours
    In Massachusetts, in Virginia,
    But we were England's, still colonials,
    Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,
    Possessed by what we now no more possessed.
    Something we were withholding made us weak
    Until we found out that it was ourselves
    We were withholding from our land of living,
    And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
    Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
    (The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
    To the land vaguely realizing westward,
    But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
    Such as she was, such as she would become.
    • Robert Frost, "The Gift Outright", in Edward C. Lathem, ed., The Poetry of Robert Frost (1967), p. 348. Frost read this poem at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy (January 20, 1961).
  • This land is your land, this land is my land
    From California to the New York Island
    From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters
    This land is made for you and me.
    • Woody Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land (1940; 1944). Written primarily on 23 February 1940 as "God Blessed America", but was not recorded until 1944, after the title and a few of the lyrics were altered. Significant variations exist among various published and recorded versions of the song.

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