Poetry of Kansas

Soldier's Reveries.

The stars and the stripes I so cherish
    That flag of the brave and the free;
That though for its safety I must perish,
    My life I would sacrifice for thee:
Spake a soldier, his heart o'erflowing
    With admiration, and love for its pride;
The flush of manhood brightly glowing,
    While his idol he proudly eyed.
Oh, the glory of that waving parcel,
    The sunlight of heaven's reflected array;
The zephyrs of ocean your folds kindly fondle,
    Bright phatus of aerial beauty your colors portray.
Yes, I glory in its chivalric beauty,
    Chivalry that never will lag,
And in submission to chivalric duty
    Permit me, O God, to carry our flag.
When with war's dark clouds o'ershadowed,
    Our spirits though destined to wag,
In reflection of honor yet remembered,
    Permit me, O God, to mention our flag.
When peace its broad wings of prosperity
    Shall from ocean to ocean its hosts entag;
Then, as in the days of our minority,
    Permit me, O God, to reverence our flag.

__James Wilkinson, Seneca.

Poets and Poetry of Kansas
Edited by Thomas W. Herringshaw
(Chicago: American Publishers' Association. 1894)
Page 311

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