We hail the day

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We hail the day  (1861) 
by Eliza Roxcy Snow
This song was written for the Salt Lake City Fourth of July celebration of 1861. Note: for ease of reading, the chorus has been printed in full where there were "Chorus" notations in the original.
Sung to the tune "The Mountain Dell."


We hail the day—the glorious day
 Which gave a nation birth;
Where Freedom could her wand display
 Among the powers of earth.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

The freedom purchased with the blood
 Of our heroic sires,
Will live and bless the Saints of God,
 Till wickedness expires.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

No foul oppressor here can drive
 The bolts of tyranny;
For Utah’s sons are all alive
 To truth and liberty.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

The patriots’ wreath we proudly wear
 Around our temples now;
Unholy hands have sought to tear
 Ignobly from our brow.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

Foul politicians basely left
 Truth, law and justice too—
With their own hands, the Union cleft;
 And war and blood ensue.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

The Eagle, fled from maddening hosts,
 Builds here, her towering nest,
And peace, the boon fair Freedom boasts
 Expands her golden crest.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

The Constitution’s sacred fold,
 With every chartered right;
The Sons of Utah, firmly hold,
 And glory in its light.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

’Tis ours—’tis ours—the day is ours—
 No forfeitures, we’ve made;
But every law from lawful powers,
 We’ve loyally obeyed.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

And while we celebrate the day
 So long this nation’s boast:
We will a grateful tribute pay
 To Him, the Lord of Hosts.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

His hand—His mighty hand sustained—
 The Lord our battles fought—
For us, a bloodless victory gained
 And brought our foes to nought.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

He gives us Statesman, wise and true,
 Whose hearts have never swerv’d:
The laws and Constitution too
 By them will be preserv’d.

            Chorus
   All hail—all hail! to th’ Stars and Stripes,
    The banner wide unfurled—
   Here high amid our mountain sky,
    It waves to all the world.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.