04 July 2009

Happy 4th of July!

This is one of my favorite poems from childhood and it remains so today. It was one of my mother's favorite poems also. We used to recite together on the 4th of July even if we had to do it by telephone. In my heart I am reciting it with her today, connected not by telephone, but by the Holy Spirit. Have a happy 4th, Ma!

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A flash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

Blue and crimson and white it shines,
Over the steel-tipped, ordered lines.
Hats off!
The colors before us fly;
But more than the flag is passing by.

Sea-fights and land-fights, grim and great,
Fought to make and to save the State;
Weary marches and sinking ships;
Cheers of victory on dying lips;

Days of plenty and years of peace,
March of a strong land's swift increase:
Equal justice, right and law,
Stately honor and reverent awe;

Sign of a nation, great and strong,
To ward her people from foreign wrong;
Pride and glory and honor, all
Live in the colors to stand or fall.

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
And loyal hearts are beating high:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

(Henry Holcomb Bennett)

3 comments:

glorv1 said...

How beautiful! Hats off to your MAMA. Happy Fourth of July!

Leslie Limon said...

What a beautiful poem! No matter how much I love my new "adopted" country, there is always a very special place in my heart for the good ol' U.S.A. I cry whenever I hear "The Star Spangled Banner" and this poem brought about the same feeling! Happy 4th of July!

American Mommy in Mexico said...

Funny, we have a kids'picture book with the name Hats Off to the ...

I thought it might have this poem but it did not ...

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