School Song Knapsack/Red, White and Blue

Red, White, and Blue.

Thomas Reckot, 1779.

(Pat's Pick, page 70; Franklin Square No. 1, page 72; Moderator, Oct. 17, '89.) 1 Sharp.

O! Columbia! the gem of the ocean,
 The home of the brave and the free,
The shrine of each patriot's devotion,
 A world offers homage to thee,
Thy mandates make heroes assemble,
 When liberty's form stands in view,
Thy banners make tyranny tremble,
 When borne by the red, white and blue,
When borne by the red, white and blue,
 When borne by the red, white and blue,
Thy banners make tyranny tremble,
 When borne by the red, white and blue.

When war winged its wide desolation,
 And threatened the land to deform,
The ark then of freedom's foundation,
 Columbia rode safe through the storm,
With the garlands of vict'ry around her;
 When so proudly she bore her brave crew.

With her flag floating proudly before her,
 The boast of the red, white and blue,
The boast of the red, white and blue,
The boast of the red, white and blue,
The flag floating proudly before her,
 The boast of the red, white and blue.

The Union, the Union forever,
 Our glorious Nation's sweet hymn,
May the wreaths it has won never wither,
 Nor the star of its glory grow dim!
May the service united ne'er sever,
 But they to their colors prove true!
The Army and Navy forever,
 Three cheers for the red, white and blue,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue,
Three cheers for the red, white and blue,
The Army and Navy forever,
 Three cheers for the red, white and blue.


This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.