1 In the name of Jehovah our banner we raise,
With its stars and its stripes pledged anew to his praise:
'Tis the ensign of truth, 'tis the standard of right,
'Tis the herald of liberty, union, and right.
And the flag of our fathers, in God's name unfurled,
O'er their children shall wave to the end of the world.
2 If it ever prove false to its glorious trust,
May its foes drag it down with contempt to the dust;
But as long as 'tis true to the blazon it holds,
Shall the arm of Omnipotence bear up its folds.
3 Here at home, with one sky and one land, let it be
But the flag of one people, harmonious and free;
From the north to the south, from the east to the west,
With no treason to part it, no war to molest.
4 So abroad on all seas and all shores let it shine
As the symbol of manhood, redeemed and divine;
That the down-trodden nations in triumph may rise,
With their feet on their chains, and their brows to the skies.
Stockton, Thomas Hewlings, D.D. (Mount Holly, New Jersey, June 4, 1808--October 9, 1868, Philadelphia). The son of William S., founder and editor of The Wesleyan Repository, 1821, and Elizabeth S. (Hewlings) Stockton. Largely educated in private schools, after studying medicine for a time and spending some five years following literary pursuits, he was admitted to the Maryland Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church. A voluminous writer, he became one of the most eloquent preachers of the nineteenth century in America. When but twenty-five years of age he was elected chaplain of the House of Representatives, Congress of the United States, serving in that capacity the sessions of 1835-1836, 1859-1860, 1861-1862, and in 1862 was… Go to person page >
Display Title: And the flag of our fathers, in God's name unfurledFirst Line: In the name of Jehovah our banner we raiseAuthor: T. H. StocktonMeter: 12sDate: 1873Subject: The Christian Nation | Patriotism; National Hymn |