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59. the Hymin of Freedom.

by J. F. Weishampel, Jr.
our Flag shall stay unfurled.1

All hail the land where Freedom dwells and lifts her starry shield!
     Here gaze all nations, bond and free — this is their battle-field!
Humanity and Liberty throughout the struggling world,
     Proclaim her cause their own, and cry, Our Flag shall stay unfurled!

Our Flag shall stay unfurled,
     Our Flag shall stay unfurled!
Though Freedom's foes may plot her death,
     Yet while a patriot holds his breath,
Our Flag shall stay unfurled!

What hands dare strike that hopeful Flag, for which our fathers bled?
     Who mocks the wisdom of the past, the counsels of the Dead?
Shall Faction spoil our heritage? Nay, shout it to the world--
     The progress of our race depends--Our Flag shall stay. unfurled!
Our Flag shall stay unfurled,
     Our Flag shall stay unfurled!
Though Freedom's foes may plot her death,
     Yet while a patriot holds his breath,
Our Flag shall stay unfurled!

Here God has smiled — here Peace has reigned — all tongues have utterance here;
     Here Faith is free to choose her creed — no despot's stake is near;
Here reigns an empire without walls, a wonder to the world:
     And shall this fabric be dissolved? Columbia's Flag be furled?
Our Flag shall stay unfursled,
     Our Flag shall stave unfurfledl!
Though Freedom's foes may plot her death,
     Yet while a patriot holds his breath,
Our Flag shall stay unfurled!

Float on, thou emblem of the age — defence on land and sea!
     O God of hosts! in humble faith, we trust our cause to thee!
Then traitor's plots and tyrant hordes against us may be hurled--
     Yet shall our Flag victorious wave, the hope of all the world!
Our Flag shall stay unfurled,
     Our Flag shall stay unfurled!
Though Freedom's foes may plot her death,
     Yet while a patriot holds his breath,
Our Flag shall stay unfurled!

1 Written in 1861. The authorities of Baltimore city had forbidden the display of the American flag, but in many instances it was kept afloat, till torn down by the police. After several weeks of trouble and anxiety, the Union people prevailed, the rebel ensigns were secreted or destroyed, and the beautiful Flag of our Nation was fling out on the breeze from a thousand windows and spires all over the city.

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