The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 184
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The Southwestern Historicoal Quarterly
From the ghosts of Alamo and Goliad's pyre,
Its signal for freedom displaying abroad,
With vengeance and glory for man and for God?
O say, shall that banner e'er sink in the fight,
Beneath the dark mandate of annihilation,
While tyranny, trampling on all human right,
'Shouts, "havoc and ruin are my exaltation"?
Oh, no, thou just God! with victory's rod
The hands of brave freemen thou lov'st to applaud,
Thou still will defend us and give us success
Till safety and peace our dear banner shall bless.
Come on then, ye freemen, to battle come on,
The free are returning and swear desolation;
They are mustering their bands, and in numbers alone
They trust, with a cruel and fierce expectation:
Let the free volunteer with his armor appear,
And force the oppressor to yield and to fear,
Then the sweet star of hope, like a heavenly isle,
On the banner of Texas with triumph shall smile.
J. FREON, a Volunteer.
Texians brave! whom Houston led,
Again'the foe our blood would shed;
Again they court a gory bed,
As on J acinto's plain.
There are things to be remembered yet;
The orphan's eyelid still is wet,
And Fannin's fate do we forget?
No, nor the Alamo!
Though they can solemn treaties break,
Our constancy they cannot shake;
The swords we reaping hooks would make,
We still as swords can wield.
Then sound to arms, to arms ! ye brave !
One single Star shall blind the slaves,
While bugles give, as once they gave,
Their "Welcome to the Bower." J. R. W.
2"Telegraph and Texas Register, February 21, 1837.
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