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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX. 1876–79.

Introductory to Southern States

Song of Texas

By William Henry Cuyler Hosmer (1814–1877)

MAKE room on our banner bright

That flaps in the lifting gale,

For the orb that lit the fight

In Jacinto’s storied vale.

Through clouds, all dark of hue,

It arose with radiant face;

Oh, grant to a sister true,

Ye stars, in your train a place!

The blood of the Saxon flows

In the veins of men who cry,—

“Give ear, give ear unto those

Who pine for their native sky!

We call on our motherland

For a home in Freedom’s hall,—

While stretching forth the hand,

Oh, build no dividing wall!

“The Mexican vaunteth no more;

In strife we have tamed his pride;

The coward raps not at your door,

Speak out! shall it open wide?

Oh, the wish of our hearts is strong,

That the star of Jacinto’s fight

Have place in the flashing throng

That spangle your banner bright.”