Awake United States! (Modified)
Some of the language and phrasing in this document has been modified from the original.
Head Note: This song was rushed into print between the sinking of the Maine on February 16, 1898 and the declaration of war on April 25, 1898.
Eagle soar on high, and sound the battle cry!
1. How proudly sailed the warship Maine,
a Nation's pride, without a stain!
A wreck she lies, her sailors slain.
By two-faced butchers, paid by Spain!
Eagle soar on high,
And sound the battle cry
Wave the starry flag!
In mud it shall not drag!
2. Why does the breeze such sad thoughts bring,
Like murmuring seas the echoes sing?
Why do clouds thus backward roll.
Like wave on wave, on rock on shoal!
. . . . . . . .
3. Awake! Thy Stars and Stripes unfurl,
And shot and shell and revenge hurl!
Though clouds gather, they will go,
and sunlight follow after woe.
Awake! it is no dream;
Do you hear the sailors scream?
Comrades will you go?
Avenge the cruel blow!
. . . . .
And crush their marble heart!
[Some of the language and phrasing in this document has been modified from the original.]
Source: Marie Elizabeth Lamb, Awake United States! (New Orleans, LA: 1898).