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The Stars And Stripes Forever.

May 28, 2010

—John Philip Sousa.

LET martial note—In triumph float,
And liberty extend its mighty hand,
A flag appears,—‘Mid thun’rous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true,
Its folds protect no tyrant crew,
The red and white and starry blue,
Is Freedom’s shield and hope.
Other nations may deem their flags the best!
And cheer them with fervid elation,
But the flag of the North and South and West
Is flag of flags,—
The flag of Freedom’s nation.
 
Hurrah for the flag of the free,
May it wave as our standard forever,
The gem of the land and the sea,
The Banner of the Right.
Let despot remember the day
When our fathers and might endeavor,
Proclaim’d as the march’d to the fray,
That by their might,—And by their right,—
It waves forever!
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Our Noble Land.

May 27, 2010

—Orpheus Everts.

M.E. Church,  Bently, Kansas.

THANK GOD! for this our native land!
O’er which the wings of peace are spread!
Where Plenty opens wide her hand,
And gives to all sustaining bread!
 
Our land, the land of Freedom still,
Where hands and hearts and minds are free!
Where no enemy enslaves the will,
And Justice rules from sea to sea!
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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!
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The American Hymn.

May 25, 2010

Or, Speed Our Republic.

—Matthias Keller.

SPEED our republic, O Father on high!
Lead us in pathways of justice and right;
Rulers, as well as the ruled, “One and all,”
Girdle with virtue,—the armor of night.
Hail!—three times hail—to our country and flag!
 
Foremost in battle for freedom to stand,
We rush to arms when aroused by its call;
Still, as of yore, when brave Washington led,
Thunders our war-cry: “We conquer or fall!”
Hail!—three times hail—to our country and flag!
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Stand By The Flag.

May 24, 2010

AIRCheer, Boys, Cheer.

—John Nichols Wilder.

I.
STAND by the Flag!—its stars, like meteors gleaming,
Have lighted Arctic icebergs, Southern seas,
And shone responsive to the stormy beaming
Of old Arcturus and the Pleiades.
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Song Of The American Girl.

May 23, 2010

—John H. Hewitt.

OUR hearts are with our native land.
Our song is for her glory;
Her warrior’s wreath is in our hand,
Our lips breathe out her story.
Her lofty hills and valleys green
Are smiling bright before us,
And like a rainbow sign is seen,
Her proud flag waving o’er us.
 
And there are smiles upon our lips
For those who meet her foemen,
For Glory’s star knows no eclipse
When smiled upon by woman.
For those who brave the mighty deep
And scorn the threat of danger
We’ve smiles to cheer—and tears to weep,
For every ocean ranger.
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God For Our Native Land.

May 22, 2010

Patriotic Hymn.

—Geroge W. Bethune.

GOD’S blessing be upon
Our own, our native land!
The land our fathers won
By the strong heart and hand,
The keen axe and the brand,
When they felled the forest’s pride,
And the tyrant foe defied,
The free, the rich, the wide;
God for our native land!
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