Henry Holcomb Bennett

(1795-1894 / England)

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Henry Holcomb Bennett (December 5, 1863 – April 30, 1924) was an author, journalist, and poet. He was the author of poems such as "A Desert Love Song" (Munsey's Aug. 1902) and "Gangway! Gangway", (National Magazine Mar. 1901) and the short stories "The Face of Ompah" (National Magazine June 1900) and "A Glorious Privilege", (National Magazine Nov. 1900) but ... more »

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  • John Vester John Vester (2/5/2017 12:04:00 AM)

    Firstly, this poem was not first published in Woman's World in July 1919. It was first published 21 years earlier in The Youth's Companion (known in later years as simply The Companion—For All the Family, an American children's magazine) on January 13,1898. (He was 34 years old.) Furthermore, Henry Holcomb Bennett did not live between the years 1795 and 1894. He was born December 5,1863 and died on April 30,1924.

  • Sarah Bradley Sarah Bradley (5/23/2016 11:45:00 AM)

    i love this poem so much, its so true. you should have your hat off when your near the flag! ! :)

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Best Poem of Henry Holcomb Bennett

The Flag Goes By

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A dash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off!
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;
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;

Days of plenty and years of peace;
March of a strong land's swift increase;
Equal justice, ...

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