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]
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 >