Henry Holcomb Bennett

(1795-1894 / England)

Biography of Henry Holcomb Bennett

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 remains best known as the author of the popular patriotic poem, "Hats Off - The Flag Goes By." This poem was first published in Woman's World (in July 1919.) It was soon published and sung widely—especially on the 4th of July.

The poem was not first published in "Women's World" in July, 1919. It was first published in "An American Anthology" in 1900, edited by Edmund Clarence Stedman, 1833-1908. The poem was also published in "The Young and Field Reader, Book Five, Boston, Ginn and Company, c. 1915, p. 381, submitted by Ross I. Morrison, Sr. Bennett is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA.

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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.

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