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Richard Watson Gilder

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O white and midnight sky, O starry bath,
Wash me in thy pure, heavenly crystal flood:
Cleanse me, ye stars, from earthly soil and scathó
Let not one taint remain in spirit or blood!
The Celestial Passion, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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When Freedom from her mountain-heights
Unfurled her standard to the air,
She tore the azure robe of night,
And set the stars of glory there.
She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
The milky baldric of the skies,
And striped its pure, celestial white
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Flag of the free, heartís hope and home!
By angel hands to valour given!
Thy stars have lit the welkin dome,
And all thy hues were born in heaven.
Forever float that standard sheet!
Where breathes the foe, but falls before us,
With Freedomís soil beneath our feet,
And Freedomís banner streaming over us?

Joseph Rodman Drake

The offerings arise:
Hazes of rainbow light,
Pure crystal, blue, and gold,
Through dreamland take their flight;
And 'mid the sacrifice
God moveth as of old.
In miracles of fire
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In gleams of crystal light
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The silence of the height.

George William Russell
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