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It Floats for You and Me

O the dearest of all flags on land or on sea

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Tune: [O the dearest of all flags on land or on sea]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 Oh, the dearest of all flags on land or on sea,
Is the “Star-Spangled Banner” to you and to me;
‘Tis the symbol of Freedom, of Progress and Right!
May we keep it unsullied, as pure as the light.

Dearest of all on the land or the sea,
For it floats for you and me;
Hope of the world, emblem of the free,
Is our flag of liberty!

2 ‘Tis the dearest of all, for we call it our own,
And we ring out our cheers with a glad, hearty tone;
While we’ve strength to defend, our allegiance to show,
Never shall it be trailed in the dust of the foe. [Refrain]

3 ‘Tis the dearest to us of the banners of earth,
But the Flag of the Cross is of still greater worth;
‘Tis the banner of Jesus, our Savior and King,
And to Him our allegiance we gratefully bring. [Refrain]

Source: Progressive Sunday School Songs #199

Author: Eliza E. Hewitt

Pseudonym: Li­die H. Ed­munds. Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O the dearest of all flags on land or on sea
Title: It Floats for You and Me
Author: Eliza E. Hewitt
Refrain First Line: Dearest of all on the land