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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6923
AUTHOR:Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
QUOTATION:Nail to the mast her holy flag,
  Set every threadbare sail,
And give her to the god of storms,
  The lightning and the gale!
ATTRIBUTION:Old Ironsides.
 

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