The Great War

from Great Poems of the World War, an electronic edition

The Flag

WHY do I love our flag? Ask why

Flowers love the sunshine. Or, ask why

The needle turns with eager eye

Toward the great stars in northern sky.

I love Old Glory, for it waved

Where loyal hearts the Union saved.

I love it, since it shelters me

And all most dear, from sea to sea.

I love it, for it bravely flies

In freedom's cause, 'neath foreign skies.

I love it for blessed cheer,

Its starry hopes and scorn of fear;

For good achieved and good to be

To us and to humanity.

It is the people's banner bright,

Forever guiding toward the light;

Foe of the tyrant, friend of right,

God give it leadership and might!