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FAREWELL TO THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

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Let tyrants and slaves submissively tremble

                And bow down their necks ‘neath the Juggernaut car;

But brave men will rise in the strength of a nation

                And cry “Give me freedom, or else give me war.”

 

Farewell, forever!  The Star-Spangled Banner,

                No longer shall wave o’er the land of the free!

But we’ll unfurl to the broad breeze of heaven

                Thirteen bright stars around the Palmetto Tree.

 

We honor, yet, honor, bold South Carolina!

                Though small she may be, she’s as brave as the best.

With flagship of states, she’s out on the ocean

                Buffeting the waves of a dark billow’s crest.

 

Farewell, forever!  The Star-Spangled Banner,

                No longer shall wave o’er the land of the free!

But we’ll unfurl to the broad breeze of heaven

                Thirteen bright stars around the Palmetto Tree.

 

We honor, yes, honor, our seceding sisters,

                Who launched this brave bark along no the sea;

Though storms may howl, and thunder distraction

We’ll hurl to the blast the proud Palmetto tree.

 

Farewell, forever!  The Star-Spangled Banner,

                No longer shall wave o’er the land of the free!

But we’ll unfurl to the broad breeze of heaven

                Thirteen bright stars around the Palmetto Tree.

 

And when to the conflict the others cry “Onward!”

                Virginia will be first to rush to the fight.

She’ll break down the iceberg of Northern coercion

                And rise in her glory of freedom and right.

 

Farewell, forever!  The Star-Spangled Banner,

                No longer shall wave o’er the land of the free!

But we’ll unfurl to the broad breeze of heaven

                Thirteen bright stars around the Palmetto Tree.

 

When the thirteen sisters in bright constellation

Shall dazzling shine in a nation’s emblem sky,

With no hands to oppose nor foes to oppress them,

                They will shine there forever, a light to every eye.

 

Farewell, forever!  The Star-Spangled Banner,

                No longer shall wave o’er the land of the free!

But we’ll unfurl to the broad breeze of heaven

                Thirteen bright stars around the Palmetto Tree.

 

 

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[1] War Songs and Poems of the Southern Confederacy, 1861-1865, A Collection of the Most Popular and Impressive Songs and Poems of War Times, Dear to Every Southern Heart, Collected and Retold with Personal Reminiscences of the War by H. M. Wharton, D.D., p. 378