“A Moth Eaten Rag …”

 

If  anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him – it means just what Concord and  Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known – the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.  ~Henry Ward Beeche                                                                                                                                                                                                           

A motheaten rag on a worm-eaten pole
It does not look likely to stir a man’s soul,
‘Tis the deeds that were done ‘neath the moth-eaten rag,
When the pole was a staff, and the rag was a flag.
~Sir Edward B. Hamley, 1824-1893

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