When Freedom from her mountain height Unfurled her standard to the air, She tore the azure robe of night, And set the stars of glory there.

— Joseph Rodman Drake

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And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.

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Flag of the free heart's hope and home! By angel hands to valour given, Thy stars have lit the welkin dome; And all thy hues were born in heaven.

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Yet I will look upon thy face again, My own romantic Bronx, and it will be A face more pleasant than the face of men. Thy waves are old companions, I shall see A well remembered form in each old tree And hear a voice long loved in thy wild minstrelsy.

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O, pleasant is the welcome kiss When day's dull round is o'er;

And sweet the music of the step That meets us at the door.

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