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Independence Day.

May 26, 2010

—M.B.C.S.

THE year is full of days that mark
Our country’s growing fame.
Since sailing o’er the waters dark,
Our Fathers hither came.
Yet from new fields of glorious war,
We turn our eyes a way,
And gaze thro’ gath’ring years, afar.
On Freedom’s natal day.
 
Ring a merry peal of bells,
While the roar of cannon swells;
Fling the banners to the morning breeze,
Float the streamers o’er the land and seas;
Spread the red, and white, and blue,
All the happy nation through,
Shouting with a voice of glee, boys,
A song for Independence Day!
 
Our country’s annals gleam and burn,
That tell her storied age.
Today with loving hand we turn
Her noblest early page;
No day in all our nation’s life
So grand as this shall be;
When, facing death, and pain, and strife,
They wrote, “All men are free!”
 
Ring a merry peal of bells,
While the roar of cannon swells;
Fling the banners to the morning breeze,
Float the streamers o’er the land and seas;
Spread the red, and white, and blue,
All the happy nation through,
Shouting with a voice of glee, boys,
A song for Independence Day!
 
And tho’ with grand heroic names,
Our hearts are full today,
Not one a higher tribute claims,
Than those who led the way;
We honor that devoted band
Of tried and truest worth;—
Charles Carroll of the Southern land,
John Hancock of the North!
 
Ring a merry peal of bells,
While the roar of cannon swells;
Fling the banners to the morning breeze,
Float the streamers o’er the land and seas;
Spread the red, and white, and blue,
All the happy nation through,
Shouting with a voice of glee, boys,
A song for Independence Day!
 
Bring garlands of the fairest flow’rs;
Wreathe high the arches green;
Let gladness fill the flying hours,
And glory gild the scene;
Let all the air resound with mirth,
And songs of happy cheer;
And crown the nation’s day of birth,
The best of all the year.
 
Ring a merry peal of bells,
While the roar of cannon swells;
Fling the banners to the morning breeze,
Float the streamers o’er the land and seas;
Spread the red, and white, and blue,
All the happy nation through,
Shouting with a voice of glee, boys,
A song for Independence Day!

 

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