The Great War

from Great Poems of the World War, an electronic edition

Flag Everlasting

FLAG of our Faith: lead on--

Across the sand--blown plain,

The deep and trackless main,

When duty's trumpets blow.

Where frowns the freeman's foe,

And right crushed to the sod

Lifts soul to righteous God.

Flag of our Faith: lead on--

Flag of our Hope: lead on--

When stormy clouds hang low

And chilling north-winds blow

And days are long and drear.

When nights breed grief and fear;

A rainbow lights the sky

Whene'er its colors fly.

Flag of our Hope: lead on--

Flag of our Love: lead on--

In loyal hearts supreme,

Fairer than love's first dream,

Our first choice and our last,

Brightened by every blast.

Oh, emblem pure and sweet

Thou can'st not know defeat.

Flag of our Love: lead on--

Flag of our Home: lead on--

Beneath thy folds we rest,

We live and love our best,

The fairest roses blow, ' The richest harvests grow,

And care-free children play

And gladden every day.

Flag of our Home: lead on--

L'ENVOI--

Flag of our Faith, our Hope, our Love,

Flag of our Home, wave on above.

We'll live, we'll fight, we'll die for you--

Flag Everlasting, Red, White and Blue.