A Song of the Red and the Blue

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A SONG OF THE RED AND THE BLUE.

DEDICATED TO PROVOST CHARLES CUSTIS HARRISON, '62.

Words and music by Florence Earle Coates.

Mother of men, who long ago
Thy leadership had won—
Mother, whom best thy children know
When their days with thee are done;


Eager a part of our debt to pay
With thine honored sons of yore,
We follow the Red and the Blue today,
And love thee forever more.


Blue is the heav'nly hue that shows
When a cloud above us parts;
Red is the tint of the tide that flows,
The life-blood of our hearts,


Who, eager a part of our debt to pay
With thine honored sons of yore,
Still follow the Red and the Blue today,
And love thee forever more.


Pennsylvania! glorious name!
Thy brows with laurel bound
Never shall know the touch of shame,
Nor be through us discrowned,


Who, eager a part of our debt to pay
With thine honored sons of yore,
Still follow the Red and the Blue today,
And love thee forever more.


Blue for the true, we thy children who
By thy hand are upward led.
Loyal to thee, our faith renew
Till the ruby of life is fled—


And eager a part of our debt to pay
With thine honored sons of yore,
We follow the Red and the Blue today,
And love thee forever more.

Copyright, 1909, as "The Red and the Blue," by Florence Earle Coates. Used by permission.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925.


The author died in 1927, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.