136. land of. The South.
by A. F. Leonard.air--“Friend of My Soul.” Land of the South! the fairest land.
Beneath Columbia's sky!
Proudly her hills of freedom stand,
Her plains in beauty lie.
Her dotted hills, her traversed streams,
Their annual wealth renew.
Land of the South! in brightest dreams,
No dearer spot we view.
Men of the South! a free-born race,
They vouch a patriot line;
Ready a foeman's van to face,
And guard their country's shrine.
By sire and son a haloing light
Through time is borne along;
They “nothing ask but what is right,
And yield to nothing wrong.”
Fair of the South! rare beauty's crown
Ye wear with matchless grace;
No classic fair of old renown
Deserve a higher place.
Your vestal robes alike become
The palace and the cot;
Wives, mothers, daughters! every home
Yet make a cherished spot.
Flag of the South! aye, fling its folds
Upon the kindred breeze;
Emblem of dread to tyrant holds--
Of freedom on the seas!
Forever may its stars and stripes
In cloudless glory wave.
Red, white, and blue — eternal types
Of nations free and brave.
States of the South! the patriot's boast!
Here equal laws have sway;
No tyrant lord, nor despot host,
Upon the weak may prey.
Then let them rule from sea to sea,
And crown the queenly isle;
Union of love and liberty,
'Neath Heaven's approving smile.
God of the South! protect this land
From false and open foes!
Guided by Thine all-ruling hand,
In vain will that oppose.
So mote the Ship of State move on
Upon the unfathomed sea;
Gallantly o'er the surges borne,
The bulwark of the free!