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     From scourging foes and scowling woes,
That flag sprang forth in sorrow!
     Wrong gave the Stripes — hope wrought the Stars--
Ah! those old grandsires able,
     From pain to hallowed peace, at last,
They passed — the good, the noble,
     The murdered brave — to glory!

When swarming foemen thronged our shores,
     Hard pressed for food and rifles,
Our god-like sires, they fought and starved,
     Nor shrunk at such mere trifles;
Enrapturedly to death they went,
     And still as slaughter crowned them,
The glittering Stars, turned to the skies,
     Hung proudly, grandly round them,
That flag, in battle gory.

Down many a vista'd year since then,
     Enshrined in hoary honor,
Nobly with martial step hath marched
     Our grand old veteran banner!
Unhallowed hands of godless wrong
     Now threat that badge we cherish;
Charge! sons of old Columbia, then!
     Ere that flag fall, we perish!
the Stars and Stripes for ever!

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