Keller's American Hymn

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Melody - Matthias Keller
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Matthias Keller

Speed our Republic, O Father on high,
Lead us in pathways of justice and right;
Rulers as well as the ruled, one and all,
Girdle with virtue, the armor of might!
Hail! three times hail to our country and flag!
Rulers as well as the rule, one and all,
Girdle with virtue, the armor of might!
Hail! three times hail to our country and flag!
2. Foremost in battle, for Freedom to stand,
We rush to arms when aroused by its call;
Still as of yore when George Washington led,
Thunders our war-cry, We conquer or fall!
Hail! three times hail to our country and flag!
Still as of yore when George Washington led,
Thunders our war-cry, We conquer or fall!
Hail! three times hail to our country and flag!
3. Rise up, proud eagle, rise up to the clouds,
Spread thy broad wing o'er this fair western world!
Fling from thy beak our dear banner of old!
Show that it still is for freedom unfurled!
Hail! three times hail to our country and flag!
Fling from thy beak our dear banner of old!
Show that it still is for freedom unfurled!
Hail! three times hail to our country and flag!


This song attracted little notice during the Civil War but in 1872, at a Peace Festival, it was featured and became well known. It stands a a guiding principle of what we would like our country to be. - From The Golden Book of Favorite Songs, 1912.

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