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Pingenot Auction, Lot 320



320. WINNEMORE, A. F. The Flag of Texas: A National Song Composed in Honour of the Glorious Victory on the 21 of April 1836. and Respectfully Dedicated to General Saml. Houston...Arranged for the Piano Forte by P. M. Wolsieffer. Philadelphia: Geo. Willig., 1836. Ornately engraved sheet music. 4 pp., folio, printed on pp. 2-3. At foot of caption title at top of p. [2]: E. Gillingham. Lower right p. [3]: A.F.W. Engr. Contemporary red ink stamp at foot of p. [2]: Sold by W. A. Eichbaum Nashville. Minor foxing, else very fine. Preserved in a brown morocco and tan cloth folding case.
         Variant issue of Streeter’s entry 1262, with title, words, and music on pp. [2] and [3]; according to Streeter, the only copy known (the Library of Congress copy), has the title on p. [1] and the words and music on pp. [2-3]. Streeter comments: "The words of the song first appeared in the Baltimore Patriot, were copied in the New York Mirror of July 30, 1836, and were reproduced in Godey’s Ladys Book for September, 1836. Winnemore is listed as a music engraver in the Philadelphia Directories for 1840 and 1841." The elaborately engraved title (with no less than eight type fonts!) is followed by these lyrics:

Flow on flow thou bright young Banner
Adopted by the free
When at the cannons mouth they swore
For Death or Liberty
For Death or Liberty
Thou child of peril the stripes that date
They yet unwritten story
May gather stars and wave o’er fields
Where Freemen fight for Glory,
Where Freemen fight for Glory.
The breeze of heaven shall bear thee,
Upon its sunny wing,
Untill (sic)the triumph of thy star,
The dove of peace shall bring.
Thy birth place was the field of flood,
And wars terific (sic) thunder,
Did cradle thee till thou hast broke,
The oppressors bonds assunder.
Among the flags of nations,
There is a place for thee,
Flaunt up thou bright young banner,
Flaunt proudly o’er the free.
The stripes, and stars shall lead the[e] on,
That o’er Columbia wave,
Float on in sweet companionship,
Proud banner of the brave.
The Flag of Texas.