Joseph Rodman Drake

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Joseph Rodman Drake

Joseph Rodman Drake (August 17, 1795September 21, 1820) was an early American poet.

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  • When Freedom from her mountain-heights
    Unfurled her standard to the air,
    She tore the azure robe of night,
    And set the stars of glory there.
    She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
    The milky baldric of the skies,
    And striped its pure, celestial white
    With streakings of the morning light.

    Flag of the free, heart’s hope and home!
    By angel hands to valour given!
    Thy stars have lit the welkin dome,
    And all thy 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 over us?
    • "The American Flag", in The Culprit Fay and Other Poems (1835), published posthumously by Drake's daughter.

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