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chico Lyr Add: Flag of the Constellation (1) Lyr Add: Flag of the Constellation 30 Apr 06



      C                   G
The stars of morn, on our banner born,
         F       G7          C
With the iris of Heaven are blended,
    G                        C
The hand of our sires first mingled those fires
    G                      C
And by us they shall be defended!

      G                   C
Then hail the true Red, White and Blue,
      F|Dm/F    C/G G C/G G (g f e d)
The flag of the Constellation!
      C                         G
She sails as she sailed, by our fore fathers hailed
      C    (Dm/F) C   G7    C
O'er battles that made us a nation.

CHORUS
Then hail the true Red, White and Blue,
The flag of the Constellation!
She sails as she sailed, by our fore fathers hailed
O'er battles that made us a nation.

What hand so bold, as strike its fold,
One star or one stripe of its brightening?
For him be those stars each a fiery Mars
And each stripe be as terrible lightning!

Its meteor form, shall ride the storm,
Till the fiercest of foes surrender,
The storm gone by it shall gild the sky
A rainbow of peace and of splendor!

Peace in the world, is our motto unfurled,
Tho' we shun not the field that is gory,
At home or abroad fearing none but our God
We shall carve our own pathway to glory!

[Built Norfolk, VA 1855, last civil war ship afloat. Captured CSS Sumter. [(1863) A National Song; Poetry by T. Buchanan Read; Music by Chs. R. Crosby.]


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