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23. the secession flag.

[Upon the proposition of the secessionists to adopt the stars and stripes for the flag of the Southern Confederacy, adding the crescent as the only change.]

Unfurl not to the Southern breeze
     Our flag of glorious name,
Nor mar with heathenish device
     The symbol of our fame!

Our stars and stripes o'er Freedom's grave--
     Dissevered brotherhood--
Would bear the deep-dyed mark of Cain
     Daguerreotyped in blood.

It ne'er again would thrill the heart
     That quails before a foe,
Nor kindle in the patriot's breast
     A warmer, brighter glow.

It ne'er would shield beneath its folds
     Tha expatriate on the sea,
Nor call from Heaven, by mute appeal,
     A blessing on the free.

But, as the prostrate soldier, slain
     Upon the battle-field,
Clasps with convulsive grasp the hilt,
     Despoil'd the power to wield--

In lifeless folds, Columbia's flag
     Would tell no nation's story;
Awake no harmonies divine,
     Of a whole nation's glory.

Thus, as the ark of God of old,
     Let forth by traitor hands,
Stay'd not the curse of dire defeat
     To Israel's chosen bands--

[16] Its hovering cloud — Jehovah's pledg--
     Had rolled itself away;
The empty symbol failed to prove
     A wicked people's stay.

So would that constellation strange
     Those wand'ring stars unite,
Themselves in magic form arrange,
     And “Ichabod” would write.

Josephine Morss. February 22, 1861. --Evening Post.

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