Joseph Rodman Drake

(1795-1820 / United States)

Joseph Rodman Drake
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The American Flag


WHEN Freedom from her mountain height
Unfurled her standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night,
And set the stars of glory there.
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
The milky baldric of the skies,
And striped its pure celestial white,
With streakings of the morning light;
Then from his mansion in the sun
She called her eagle bearer down,
And gave into his mighty hand,
The symbol of her chosen land.


Majestic monarch of the cloud,
Who rear'st aloft thy regal form,
To hear the tempest trumpings loud ...

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