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A Child's Own Book of Verse II by  Ada M. Skinner

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COLUMBIA, THE GEM OF THE OCEAN

O Columbia, the gem of the ocean,

The home of the brave and the free,

The shrine of each patriot's devotion,

A world offers homage to thee.

Thy mandates make heroes assemble,

When Liberty's form stands in view;

Thy banners make tyranny tremble—

When borne by the red, white, and blue!


When borne by the red, white, and blue,

When borne by the red, white, and blue,

Thy banners make tyranny tremble,

When borne by the red, white, and blue.


When war winged its wide desolation,

And threatened the land to deform,

The ark then of Freedom's foundation,

Columbia, rode safe through the storm;

With her garlands of vict'ry around her,

When so bravely she bore her brave crew,

With her flag proudly floating before her,

The boast of the red, white, and blue.


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