THE RAINBOW OF PROMISE

In the face of the sun are great thunderbolts hurled,
    And the storm-clouds have shut out its light;
But a Rainbow of Promise now shines on the world,
    And the universe thrills at the sight.

Tis the flag of our Union, the red, white, and blue,
    Our Star-spangled Banner--our pride;
Fair symbol of all that is noble and true,
    Flung out over continents wide.

Flung out in its glory o'er land and o'er sea,
    With a message from God in each star;
And a glorious promise of peace yet to be
    In the fluttering folds of each bar.

A Rainbow of Promise, bright emblem of hope,
    Fair flag of each cause that is just;
No longer in doubt or in darkness we grope--
    In the Star-spangled Banner we trust.

Hello, Boys! by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
London: Gay and Hancock, 1919.


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