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180           SONGS OF WAR AND PEACE
From peace, through battle Thou hast led,
And with " Good-will to men," The snow-white banner drapes beside
" Old Glory's" folds again. Now North and South, of this fair land,
Are welded in the blaze Of war's red furnace, closer yet,
And, as in olden days, The music of the Union rings
To Freedom's God, in praise: The King! The King! Blest be the freeman's King!
See in the banner's splendor, bright The crimson, white and blue unite, And 'mong the undulating bars Gleam, honor's light, the twinkling stars, Till blest to sight and pure as gold, The flag, " Old Glory," is unrolled.
O'er all the land, on every sea, Floats high this ensign of the free, And guided by its lambent light, Our young republic, in the right, Leads ever onward, stern arrayed, And wielding Freedom's battle-blade.