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She proclaims this benignant command,
" Let the will of my people be known ! They are free from the scourge of oppression's fell
rod; They are free evermore in the worship of God ! And the ensign that beams o'er the land of my
birth Shall a welcome fling out for the bond of the
O, Columbia's banner, the flag of the free, Shall be honored for aye, o'er the land and the sea
America! Home of the free !
'T is thy dear starry emblem that holds The enchantment that binds us to thee — All our fortune to thine — in its folds! On the wretch who its lustre of glory would pall Shall the furious vengeance of patriots fall; Yes, thy flag shall be sacred wherever unfurled, And shall awe every traitor and foe in the world !
O, Columbia's banner, the flag of the free,
Shall be honored for aye, o'er the land and the sea!