C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The flag of our union forever!

George P. Morris.

A star for every state, and a state for every star.

Robert C. Winthrop.

The meteor flag of England.


  • This token serveth for a flag of truce
  • Betwixt ourselves and all our followers.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Under spread ensigns moving nigh, in slow
  • But firm battalion.
  • Milton.

  • When Freedom from her mountain height
  • Unfurled her standard to the air.
  • Joseph Rodman Drake.

    If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot.

    John A. Dix.

  • Bastard Freedom waves
  • Her fustian flag in mockery over slaves.
  • Moore.

  • Who forthwith from the glittering staff unfurl’d
  • Th’ imperial ensign, which full high advanc’d
  • Shone like a meteor streaming to the wind.
  • Milton.

  • Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
  • Long has it waved on high,
  • And many an eye has danced to see
  • That banner in the sky.
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes.

    Let it rise! let it rise, till it meet the sun in his coming; let the earliest light of the morning gild it, and the parting day linger and play on its summit.

    Daniel Webster.

  • Flag of the free heart’s hope and home!
  • By angel hands to valor given,
  • Thy stars have lit the welkin dome,
  • And all thy hues were born in heaven.
  • Joseph Rodman Drake.

  • Ye mariners of England!
  • That guard our native seas;
  • Whose flag has braved a thousand years,
  • The battle and the breeze.
  • Campbell.

  • Nail to the mast her holy flag,
  • Set every threadbare sail,
  • And give her to the God of storms,
  • The lightning and the gale.
  • O. W. Holmes.

  • “A song for our banner?”—The watchword recall
  • Which gave the republic her station;
  • “United we stand—divided we fall!”
  • It made and preserves us a nation!
  • George P. Morris.

  • Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
  • Then conquer we must when our cause it is just.
  • And this be our motto, “In God is our trust!”
  • And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
  • O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
  • F. S. Key.

  • Fling out, fling out, with cheer and shout,
  • To all the winds Our Country’s Banner!
  • Be every bar, and every star,
  • Displayed in full and glorious manner!
  • Blow, zephyrs, blow, keep the dear ensign flying!
  • Blow, zephyrs, sweetly mournful, sighing, sighing, sighing!
  • Abraham Coles.

  • Banner of England, not for a season,
  • O banner of Britain, has thou
  • Floated in conquering battle or flapt to the battle-cry!
  • Never with mightier glory than when we had rear’d thee on high,
  • Flying at top of the roofs in the ghastly siege of Lucknow—
  • Shot thro’ the staff or the halyard, but ever we raised thee anew,
  • And ever upon the topmost roof our banner of England blew.
  • Tennyson.