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  • Independence Day

    From the Omaha Daily Bee, July 4, 1915. By Minna Irving.

    From the shores of old Penobscot
        Where the ocean’s roar is heard,
    To the home of sweet magnolias
        And the clear-voiced mocking bird,
    From the pines, that whisper secrets
        To the pale moon overhead,
    To the live oaks in their mosses
        There’s a gleam of white and red.

    From the gray New England homesteads
        Framed in pear and apple trees,
    To the valleys and the vineyards
        By the blue Pacific seas;
    From the rosy glow of morning
        To the sunset’s golden bars,
    Over all the land of freedom
        Is a flash of silver stars.

    North and South alike they glimmer
        East and West the same they shine,
    In the palace and the cabin,
        By the palm and by the pine;
    Where the crowded city clamors,
        Where the sylvan waters call,
    Flies the same immortal banner
        Waving glorious for all.

    ’Twas for this the Continentals
        Starved and suffered long ago,
    Leaving footprints marked in crimson
        On the crust of frozen snow.
    ’Twas for this the infant nation,
        From the arms of Liberty,
    Made its ringing declaration
        To be fetterless and free.

    Just one silken, starry standard
        Broad and bright enough, behold!
    For both white and black together
        To be sheltered in its fold.
    Just one flag above a people
        That, united, lead the way
    To the world’s emancipation
        And its Independence day.