previous next
[63] Unfurl the flag! The shadows deep
     Have fallen on our brightest noon;
And millions bow, and sadly weep
     That brother-love has failed so soon.
But shadows pass, and clouds dissolve
     In silvery mists before the sun--
And thus in Freedom's high resolve
     Shall cloudless skies once more be won.

Bright emblem of the mighty Past!
     Bedewed all through a night of tears!
Whose crimson-price our fathers cast
     With faith and prayer adown the years!
Untarnished on the page of time,
     And purer in to-morrow's beam,
Thy stars shall be a speech sublime
     Of peace, and love, and joy supreme.

Then let the starry banner wave!
     Let songs o'er all the nation ring!
To hail the flag that freemen gave--
     A costly, bright, and sacred thing!
Till stars shall crowd upon the field,
     Undimmed with aught of error's night;
Whose bliss shall be the truth revealed,
     That Freedom is Eternal Right.

--N. Y. Christian Intelligencer, May 16.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
May 16th (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: