The Great War

from Great Poems of the World War, an electronic edition

The Cross and the Flag

HAIL, banner of our holy faith,

Redemption's sacred sign,

Sweet emblem thou of heavenly hope

And of all help divine,

We bare our heads in reverence

As o'er us is unfurled

The standard of the Cross of Christ

Whose blood redeemed the world.

Hail, banner of our native land,

Great ensign of the free,

We love thy glorious Stars and Stripes,

Emblem of liberty;

Lift high the cross, unfurl the flag;

May they forever stand

United in our hearts and hopes,

God and our native land.