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The Song of the Flag A National Ode   By: (1851-1898)

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The Song of the Flag A National Ode by Eric Mackay is a beautiful piece of poetry that resonates deeply with the spirit of patriotism. Mackay’s lyrical words take the reader on a journey through the essence of a nation and its flag, stirring up emotions and inspiring a sense of pride.

The poem begins with a captivating description of the flag, personifying it as a living entity that tells the story of a nation's history and aspirations. The author skillfully weaves together vivid imagery and striking metaphors, effortlessly transporting readers to the heart of this national symbol.

Throughout the piece, Mackay elegantly expresses the profound bond between a nation and its flag. His writing evokes a strong sense of unity, highlighting the importance of shared values and collective identity. The eloquent verses encourage readers to embrace patriotism and stand united under the flag's protective embrace.

What truly sets this piece apart is Mackay's ability to capture the essence of nationalism without succumbing to jingoism. The poem acknowledges the inevitable challenges a nation faces, while also celebrating the resilience and triumphs that shape its character. The author's balanced approach demonstrates an understanding of the complexities of a nation's journey.

The Song of the Flag is not just a typical ode to a flag; it is a heartfelt tribute to a nation's spirit. Mackay's words have an almost hymn-like quality, urging readers to reflect on their own patriotic sentiments. The poem's rhythm and rhyme scheme give it a melodious quality, making it an enjoyable read for both poetry enthusiasts and those new to the genre.

Despite its brevity, The Song of the Flag packs a powerful punch. It successfully captures the essence of national pride and serves as a reminder of the importance of unity in an ever-divided world. Eric Mackay's skill as a poet shines through in this heartfelt ode, leaving readers inspired and awestruck by the power of words.

In conclusion, The Song of the Flag A National Ode by Eric Mackay is a mesmerizing piece of poetry that celebrates the spirit of a nation and its symbol. Mackay's talent for poetic expression, combined with his nuanced approach to patriotism, results in a powerful and thought-provoking read. This ode is a true gem in the realm of national poetry and a worthy addition to any literature collection.

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A National Ode



Author of "Love Letters of a Violinist," "Vox Amoris," &c.

LONDON Lamley & Co., Exhibition Road, S.W.




Up with the country's flag! And let the winds caress it, fold on fold, A stainless flag, and glorious to behold! It is our honour's pledge; It is the token of a truth sublime, A thing to die for, and to wonder at, When, on the shuddering edge Of some great storm, it waves its woven joy, Which no man shall destroy, In shine or shower, in peace or battle time. Up with the flag! The winds are wild to toss it, and to brag Of England's high renown, And of the throne where Chivalry has sat Acclaimed in bower and town For England's high renown! And of these happy isles where men are free And masters of the sea, The million mouthëd sea, That calls to us from shore to furthest shore That fought for us of yore, The thunder throated, foam frequented sea That sounds the psalm of Victory evermore!

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