Uplift the banner, let it float

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1 Uplift the banner! Let it float
Skyward and seaward, high and wide;
The sun shall light its shining folds,
The cross on which the Saviour died.

2 Uplift the banner! Angles bend
In anxious silence o’er the sign,
And vainly seek to comprehend
The wonders of the love divine.

3 Uplift the banner! Heathen lands
Shall see from far the glorious sight,
And nations, gath’ring at the call,
Their spirits kindle in its light.

4 Uplift the banner! Let it float
Skyward and seaward, high and wide;
Our glory only in the Cross,
Our only hope the Crucified.

5 Uplift the banner! Wide and high,
Seaward and skyward let it shine;
Nor skill, nor might, nor merit ours;
We conquer only in that sign.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #541

Author: George Washington Doane

Doane, George Washington, D.D. Bishop Doane was born at Trenton, New Jersey, May 27, 1799, and graduated at Union College, Schenectady, New York. Ordained in 1821, he was Assistant Minister at Trinity Church, New York, till 1824. In 1824 he became a Professor at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.; in 1828 Rector of Trinity Church, Boston; and, in 1832, Bishop of New Jersey. He founded St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, 1837, and Burlington College, Burlington, 1846. Died April 27, 1859.  Bishop Doane's exceptional talents, learning, and force of character, made him one of the great prelates of his time. His warmth of heart secured devoted friends, who still cherish his memory with revering affection. He passed through many and severe troubles, whi… Go to person page >

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Author: George Washington Doane


Uplift the banner, let it float. An altered form of "Fling out the banner, let it float," p. 304, i., 9.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)