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The Southern Cross:
Electronic Edition.

Tucker, St. George, 1828-1862

Funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
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First edition, 1999
ca. 20K
Academic Affairs Library, UNC-CH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

Call number 3219.1 Conf. (Rare Book Collection, UNC-CH)

Source Description:
(broadside) The Southern Cross
[Printed for Magnolia Cadets, April 26, 1861.]
1 p.
[Selma, Ala.]
Selma Reporter Print

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Library of Congress Subject Headings, 21st edition, 1998

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Air--"The Star Spangled Banner."

                         Oh! say can you see, through the gloom and the storm,
                         More bright for the darkness that pure Constellation!
                         Like the symbol of love and redemption its form,
                         As it points to the heaven of hope for the nation.
                         How radiant each star, as the beacon afar,
                         Giving promise of peace or assurance in war;
                         'Tis the Cross of the South which shall ever remain
                         To light us to Freedom and glory again.

                         How peaceful and blest was America's soil.
                         Till betrayed by the guile of the Puritan demon,
                         Which lurks under virtue and springs from its coil,
                         To fasten its fangs in the life-blood of freemen.
                         Then boldly appeal to each heart that can feel,
                         And crush the foul viper 'neath liberty's heel,
                         And the Cross of the South shall in triumph remain
                         To light us to freedom and glory again.

                         'Tis the emblem of peace, 'tis the day star of hope,
                         Like the sacred Labarum that guided the Roman
                         From the shores of the Gulf to the Delawaro's slope;
                         'Tis the trust of the free and the terror of foeman.
                         Fling its folds to the air while we boldly declare
                         The rights we demand or the deeds that we dare,
                         While the Cross of the South shall in triumph remain
                         To light us to Freedom and Glory again.

                         And if peace should be hopeless, and justice denied,
                         And war's bloody vulture should flap its black pinions.
                         Then gladly to arms, while we hurl in our pride
                         Defiance to tyrants and death to their minions,
                         With our front in the field, swearing never to yield,
                         Or return, like the Spartan, in death on our Shield,
                         And the Cross of the South shall triumphantly wave
                         As the flag of the free and the pall of the brave.

[Printed for Magnolia Cadets, April 26, 1861.]