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Thy stars and stripes, O Banner bright,
Wave grandly true from lofty height,
Like signals from the hill-top flung.
Or sounds from chimes in belfries hung.
Thy stripes are pure without alloy,
Thy folds are tremulous with joy,
Thy stars shine ever clear and true
As in God's firmament of blue.
They tell of faith both rich and strong.
They tell of triumph over wrong;
Their luster bright shall never dim.
For they are wrought through faith in Him.
Each star a jewel is of light,
Each stripe makes purpose strong to fight
'Gainst wanton ill, to break or bend,
Till Victory shall crown the end.
Chorus Then cheer the Flag! Red, White and Blue,
A trinity of colors true,
Combin'd in one make truly great The Standard of our Ship of State.

H. W, Shaylor

Source: Maine My State, The Maine Writers Research Club, The Journal Print Shop, Lewiston, Maine, 1919

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