Frost) 在约翰．肯尼迪 (John
F. Kennedy) 的就职典礼上朗诵诗作：1961年1月20日
在热烈掌声停止之后，肯尼迪向大家介绍美国最伟大的诗人之一，罗伯特．佛洛斯特，并请他走上台来。福洛斯特为这个场合写了题为致敬 (Dedication) 的诗。他走向麦克风前，但是却因为国会大厦屋顶上的白雪被阳光照得刺眼，所以他没办法念出稿子。不过，福洛斯特很快的想了想，他引用了他自己在1942年写的另一首诗全心的奉献 (The
Gift Outright) ，这首诗是这样说的：
After the applause, Kennedy welcomed to the podium one of America's great poets, fellow New Englander Robert Frost. Frost had written a poem for the occasion called "Dedication." He approached the microphone, but blinded by the sun's glare on the snow-covered Capitol grounds, he was unable to read it. Thinking quickly, he instead recited "The Gift Outright," a poem he had written in 1942. It started:
"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 . . ."