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IV.—THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER,
FRANCIS S. KEY,
OH, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed, at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming ; And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there : Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave ?
On that shore. dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses ?
And where are the foes who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war, and the battle's confusion, A home and a country should leave us no more ?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution , No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave; And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave !
Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation ! Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation ! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto, “In God is our trust;' And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
V.-AWAKE! AWAKE! (1861.)
ELMER RUAN COATES.
EN of the mountain and men of the valley,
men of the woodland, of city and plain, A demon is plotting the death of our nation,
And 'ranging the work for the funeral train.
The ashes of Washington nervously shake;
Men of America! 'Wake! Awake!!
Come from the hamlet where, close by your darling,
You see the corn wave from your bower-like door; Come from the counter-your wives and your daughters
Will 'tend to the books and the lace of the store.
Come from the college, thou student of pallor
What rhetoric grand will a battery make ! Farmers, mechanics, and men of profession,
Away with the soldiers ! Awake! Awake !!
See how the monarchs of Europe and Asia
Are weaving the evergreen on to each throne; See how the despots are fiendishly laughing
And holding their revels in boisterous tone; See how they love with a vampire affection,
How kindly they wish mediation to make ; Our Albion-mother would kill her own darling :
Awake from your slumbers ! Awake! Awake!!
Talk not of politics, talk not of party,
Already the death-bell of freedom is rung ; Talk not of airy and subtle distinction,
In slippers and wrappers o’er goblets of rum. Talk
of class, when the vessel is sinking, Or, when the tornadoes your dwelling-house shake ? Would you debate when the patient is dying?
Honor and valor! Awake! Awake!!
This is the work of the base politicians,
Of schemers defeated and bent upon bane; This is the fruit of a maddened ambition,
To stand at the wheel and to gloat over fame ! This is the end of forgetting religion,
As long as they thought there was lucre to make : Shall but a few leaders dissolve us forever ?
God banish our slumbers and keep us awake !
What ! Shall we break into bits, like the chalice
Some wine-heated toper would dash on the floor, And see every fragment a-qnaking with horror,
Whenever the old british lion may roar ? Shall the South leave the North, and the East leave the West,
Shall counties and townships authority take? Don't let it be said that America drafted :
Soul of the nation-Awake! Awake ! !
Will you surrender the Father of Waters
God's gift to the West for an eternal time? Will you consent to a custom-house officer
Searching you, crossing Virginia's line ? Shall flowers of Florida be the exotic,
While Northmen the name of the foreigner take, And this the result of a morbid ambition ?
Ho! for the army! Awake! Awake!!
What if our giant Republic should die ?
Out with Democracy !-It is a lie !"
Future Republican effort will languish,
The heart in the Goddess of Liberty ache ; Eearth will unwind all the reeling of ages,
Then oh! for Jehovah—Awake! Awake !!
'Rouse ! like the ancient and mighty Leviathan,
’Rouse ! like the pent up Vesuvius fire ; Down on your knees and declare to your Father,
Our country shall rise to a destiny higher ! Never give up-it is low and contemptible,
Having such means, with a nation at stakeThe Star Spangled Banner must wave over Richmond
The army is waiting-Awake! Awake!!
Strike on the chain that shall circle the Union
Binding the North to the South, East and West; Strike for the Unity that will secure us
A shield and asylum for all the oppressed ; Strike for your homes, for
wives and your children, For the refinements that progress may make, Rally, ye freemen! Arouse to the rescue !
Oh! Bleeding Columbia—'Wake! Awake !!
VI.-THE AMERICAN FLAG.
JOSEPH RODMAN DRAKE.
HEN Freedom, from her mountain height,
Unfurled her standard to the air,
And set the stars of glory there !
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
Majestic monarch of the cloud !
Who rear'st aloft thy regal form,
When strive the warriors of the storm,
To guard the banner of the free,
And bid its blendings shine afar,
The harbingers of victory!
Flag of the brave ! thy folds shall fly,
sabres rise and fall
And cowering foes shall sink beneath
That lovely messenger of death.
Flag of the seas ! on ocean wave
Flag of the free heart's hope and home,
By angel hands to valor given,
And all thy hues were born in heaven !
Where breathes the foe but falls before us,
CHAS. H. SAUNDERS.
THE fiat's spoken-the death-angel's hand
'Tis his morning of life ;—the horizon afar
Booty and Beauty,'' the Briton's war-cry,—
'Tis the “evening of life”-in the chair of the state
The “midnight' has come, and the dreamless sleep;