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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Hymn of the Moravian Nuns of Bethlehem at the Consecration of Pulaski's Banner

When the dying flame of day
Through the chancel shot its ray,
Far the glimmering tapers shed
Faint light on the cowled head;
And the censer burning swung,
Where, before the altar, hung
The crimson banner, that with prayer
Had been consecrated there.
And the nuns' sweet hymn was heard the while,
Sung low, in the dim, mysterious aisle.

"Take thy banner!  May it wave
Proudly o'er the good and brave;
When the battle's distant wail
Breaks the sabbath of our vale.
When the clarion's music thrills
To the hearts of these lone hills,
When the spear in conflict shakes,
And the strong lance shivering breaks.

"Take thy banner! and, beneath
The battle-cloud's encircling wreath,
Guard it, till our homes are free!
Guard it!  God will prosper thee!
In the dark and trying hour,
In the breaking forth of power,
In the rush of steeds and men,
His right hand will shield thee then.

"Take thy banner!  But when night
Closes round the ghastly fight,
If the vanquished warrior bow,
Spare him!  By our holy vow,
By our prayers and many tears,
By the mercy that endears,
Spare him! he our love hath shared!
Spare him! as thou wouldst be spared!

"Take thy banner! and if e'er
Thou shouldst press the soldier's bier,
And the muffled drum should beat
To the tread of mournful feet,
Then this crimson flag shall be
Martial cloak and shroud for thee."

The warrior took that banner proud,
And it was his martial cloak and shroud!

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Hymn of the Moravian Nuns of Bethlehem at the Consecration of Pulaski's Banner - Comments and Information

Poet: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem: 4. Hymn of the Moravian Nuns of Bethlehem at the Consecration of Pulaski's Banner
Volume: Earlier Poems
Poem of the Day: Mar 29 2003

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 2nd, 2012 at 1:56 AM.
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Good advice! I try to bring in new songs only rarley, due to the size of our church (we average 30 people per week). One of the questions I have is, how many songs do most teams play per set? We had been limited to a three song set due to time constraints, which are gone now. I use an up-tempo to start and generally slow it down at the end of the set. I end the service with another up-tempo or a reprise, then the benediction and another chorus of the final song.P.S. I was never anointed or desired to be the leader, it just ended up that way!

Pitih from Sri Lanka
Comment 1 of 2, added on February 11th, 2005 at 10:03 AM.

whyn is the title so damn long

kung from Zimbabwe

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