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[written for the Richmond Dispatch.]
a New Excelsion.
"a banner with the strange 'Excelsion.'"[Longfellow.]
by Mary J. Upshur.

O, banner with the strange device ! soar upward to the sun.

And greet him there right gallantly for the work of sixty one.

Fling out before his shining face the story, wri in stars.

Of Sun born valor's victory-the triumph of the war !

Excelsion ! Year of Grace ! 'tis thine to give the world anew.

The code of Freemen formed of yore when hearts were tried and true--

The banner with the strange device floats proud yo'er the ark.

Where the treasured archives y have rescued from the dark !

O, worse than Babylonish thrall !--not ancient seer foretold.

From story page Deliverance, with great joy of old.

This ou look above to their enwreathed stars.

And sing anew the song of old — the triumph of the wars.

Now, to the mighty Lord of Hests, glory forever

To His right hand and holy arm we owe the victory.

The banner with the strange device — He bids is wave on high--

Excelsior ! on its starry folds, until it reach the sky !

Norfolk, July 4, 1861

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