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"The American Flag" by Joseph Rodman Drake

Flag of the free heart's hope and home,
   By angel hands to valor given;
 Thy stars have lit the welkin dome
   And all the hues were born in heaven!
 Forever float that standard sheet!
   Where breathes the foe but falls before us?
 With freedom's soil beneath our feet,
   And freedom's banner streaming o'er us?

Written in early 19th-century

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