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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1694. The Flag Goes By
 
By Henry Holcomb Bennett
 
 
HATS off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A flash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off!        5
The flag is passing by!
 
Blue and crimson and white it shines,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines.
Hats off!
The colors before us fly;        10
But more than the flag is passing by.
 
Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
Fought to make and to save the State:
Weary marches and sinking ships;
Cheers of victory on dying lips;        15
 
Days of plenty and years of peace;
March of a strong land’s swift increase;
Equal justice, right and law,
Stately honor and reverend awe;
 
Sign of a nation, great and strong        20
To ward her people from foreign wrong:
Pride and glory and honor,—all
Live in the colors to stand or fall.
 
Hats off!
Along the street there comes        25
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums;
And loyal hearts are beating high:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!
 

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