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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to Southern States
Song of Texas
William Henry Cuyler Hosmer (1814–1877)
 
MAKE room on our banner bright
  That flaps in the lifting gale,
For the orb that lit the fight
  In Jacinto’s storied vale.
Through clouds, all dark of hue,        5
  It arose with radiant face;
Oh, grant to a sister true,
  Ye stars, in your train a place!
 
The blood of the Saxon flows
  In the veins of men who cry,—        10
“Give ear, give ear unto those
  Who pine for their native sky!
We call on our motherland
  For a home in Freedom’s hall,—
While stretching forth the hand,        15
  Oh, build no dividing wall!
 
“The Mexican vaunteth no more;
  In strife we have tamed his pride;
The coward raps not at your door,
  Speak out! shall it open wide?        20
Oh, the wish of our hearts is strong,
  That the star of Jacinto’s fight
Have place in the flashing throng
  That spangle your banner bright.”
 
 
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