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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: James Thomas Fields (1817–81)
QUOTATION: Rally round the flag, boys—
Give it to the breeze!
That’s the banner that we bore
On the land and seas.
Brave hearts are under it,
Let the traitors brag,
Gallant lads, fire away!
And fight for the flag.
Their flag is but a rag—
Ours is the true one;
Up with the Stars and Stripes!
Down with the new one!
Let our colors fly, boys—
Guard them day and night;
For victory is liberty,
And God will bless the right.
ATTRIBUTION: JAMES T. FIELDS, “The Stars and Stripes.”—Florence Adams and Elizabeth McCarrick, Highdays & Holidays, pp. 182–83 (1927).