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173. Hymn for a flag-raising.

by Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe.
At the raising of the Stars and Stripes over Andover Seminary, on the 5th, the following hymn, written for tho occasion by Mrs. H. B. Stowe, was sung to tho tune of “America” :

Here, where our fathers came,
     Bearing the holy flame
To light our days--
     Here, where with faith and prayer
They reared these walls in air,
     Now, to the heavens so fair,
Their flag we raise.

Look ye, where free it waves
     Over their hallowed graves,
Blessing their sleep;
     Now pledge your heart and hand,
Sons of a noble land,
     Round this bright flag to stand,
Till death to keep.

God of our fathers! now
     To Thee we raise our vow--
Judge and defend;
     Let Freedom's banner wave,
Till there be not a slave--
     Show Thyself strong to save
Unto the end.

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