FREEDOM’S NEW BANNER.

By Dan. E. Townsend, Richmond Dispatch, June 30, 1862.

When clouds of oppression o’ershaded
The banner that liberty bore,
Bright stars from the galaxy faded,
The day of its splendor was o’er;
Those stars, in a fresh constellation,
A sky in the South now adorn;
And blazon throughout all creation
That freedom’s new banner is born.

For the land that’s richest in beauty,
The homestead of justice and right,
Whose sons are the foremost in duty,
Whose daughters are peerless and bright:
For brave hearts in battle defending
The honor and truth of our cause;
For our trust in victorious ending,
The welkin rings out its huzzas.

Our lives and our fortunes enlisted,
Our honor, our hopes, and our prayers,
Upholding the act that resisted
The wrong of a series of years.
May the Father in Heaven approve us,
In this the most sacred of wars;
May his hand, to protect, be above us
While cheering the Stars and the Bars.