How Betsy made the flag

Said Washington to Betsy Ross

Author: C. Austin Miles
Tune: [Said Washington to Betsy Ross]
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Said Washington to Betsy Ross, “A flag our nation needs,
To lead our valiant soldiers on to high and noble deeds;
Now, can you make one for us”? To which she made reply
“I am not certain that I can; at least I’ll gladly try.”

So she took some red for the blood they shed,
Some white for purity,
Some stars so bright from the sky o’erhead,
Some blue for loyalty,
And sewed them all together,
For loyal hearts and true;
And hand in hand as one we stand,
For the red, white and blue.

2 Said Betsy Ross to Washington, “Your country’s flag behold,”
And thro’ his tear-dimmed eyes he saw the Stars and Stripes unfold;
Then to his breast he clasped it and looked to heav’n above,
“O may it ever stand” he cried, “for right and truth and love.” [Refrain]

3 She made the flag as we all know with stitches strong and neat,
And neither on the land or sea has that flag met defeat;
The Stars and Stripes shall ever above our country wave,
Our land of truth and freedom and the homeland of the brave. [Refrain]

Source: Jubilate : A Modern Sunday-School Hymnal #222

Author: C. Austin Miles

Charles Austin Miles (1868-1946) Born: Jan­u­a­ry 7, 1868, Lake­hurst, New Jer­sey. Died: March 10, 1946, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia. Buried: Hill­crest Me­mor­i­al Park, Sew­ell, New Jer­sey. Pseudonym: A. A. Payn. Miles at­tende­d the Phil­a­del­phia Coll­ege of Phar­ma­cy and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­van­ia. In 1892, he aban­don­ed his ca­reer as a phar­ma­cist and wrote his first Gos­pel song, “List ’Tis Je­sus’ Voice” which was pub­lished by the Hall-Mack Com­pa­ny. He served as ed­i­tor and man­a­ger at the Hall-Mack pub­lish­ers for 37 years. In his own words: It is as a writ­er of gos­pel songs I am proud to be known, for in that way I may be of the most… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Said Washington to Betsy Ross
Title: How Betsy made the flag
Author: C. Austin Miles
Refrain First Line: So she took some red for the blood
Copyright: Public Domain



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