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VOL. I., NO. 6.
PINKHURST, N. C, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1897.
PRICK THREE CENTS.
OUR NATIONAL HYMN.
Facsimile of the Original Man
uscript of "America."
Words of the Author's Last Patriotic
Song, "Young America."
Interesting Facts About the Author, Rev. Sam
uel Francis Smith, D.D., by Gen. H. B.
Carrington, His Intimate Friend.
By permission of Mr. R. Chase Car
rington, who so largely contributed to our
musical entertainments last winter, we
are permitted to use for our columns the
plate, of which he controls the copyright,
of the original draft of "America," the
national hymn, written by Rev. Samuel
Francis Smith, 1). I)., while at Andover,
At the jubilee festival given to Dr.
Smith in Boston, April 3, 1895, at Music
Hall, another piece of music was ren
dered by the pupils of the public schools,
entitled, "Young America, or Patriot
Sons of Patriot Sires' The music was
composed, at request of Dr. Smith, by
Mr. U. Clnse Carrington, the words hav
ing been written for the School Reader
"Beacon Lights of Patriotism, ' published
at the same time as the music, by Silver,
Burdett & Co., of Boston. The sheet of
music contains the facsimile of both sets
Few Americans realize the fact that the
whole life of Dr. Smith was filled with
choice poetic creations of great literary
merit, and that the volume referred to
contains nearly three hundred of the
best, lie was editor of the leading Bap
tist church collection ; and other poems
delivered at civic, literary, and other
celebrations, are rare in beauty and spirit.
Space admits of reference only to a few,
which are classic among Christian min
strelsy, such as "The morning light is
breaking," "Sister, thou wert fair and
lovely," "The Prince of Salvation in
triumph is riding," "Now is the accepted
time," "When shall we meet again, meet
"e'er to sever?" "Morn of Zion's glory,"
and "Softly fades the twilight ray."
The words of "Young America" are as
"The small life coiled within the seed,
The promise hid away,
liut dimly heralds what shall be,
When comes the perfect day;
liut sun, and rain, and frost, and heat,
Enrich the fertile ilelds,
And the small life of earlier years,
A waving harvest yields.
The corn that slumbers in the hill,
A disk of golden grain,
Stands up, at last, a rustling host,
And covers all the plain;
Who knows to what that infant germ,
In coming seasons, leads,
Or how the golden grain expands,
And mighty armies feeds!
The acorn, in it's little cup,
High on the breezy hill,
Waits for the fullness of the times,
Its mission to fulfill,
And year by year grows grand and strong,
What shall the future be?
A noble forest on the land,
Or navy on the sea.
The brig'.it-eyed boys, who crowd our schools,
The knights of book and pen,
Weary of childish games and moods,
Will soon be stalwart men ;
The leaders In the race of life,
The men to win applause,
The great minds, born to rule the state,
The wise, to make our laws.
Teach them to guard with jealous care
The land that gave them birth,
As 'Patriot Sons of Patriot Sires,'
.The dearest spot on earth ;
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Facsimile of Manuscript, 1895.
Facsimile of verse written for, and sung at New York, on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the
Inauguration of Washington as the First President of the United States.
Teach them the sacred trust to keep,
Like true men, pure nd brave,
And o'er them, through the ages, bid
Freedom's lair banner wave."
At the one hundredth anniversary of
the inauguration of Washington as presi
dent of the United States, the venerable
poet added another verse to "America,"
which was sung on that occasion at St.
Paul's church, Xew York City. AYegivc
si facsimile of the original
draft of the verse.
One hymn, written by Dr.
Smith at the national con
vntion of the. Baptist church,
:it Albany, in 1878, and con
tained in the volume of his
poems, and called "The
Lone Star," lias a history
and blessing hardly equalled
by any other single sacred
verse. The question of aban
doning a small isolated mis
sion, far from the coast, in
India, was pending. Dr.
Smith made no comments.
As the guest of .Judge Har
ris, he was requested during
the evening to give his opin
ion in the morning. The
sole reply was the read
ing of this hyuni which he
had written. The audience
was melted to tears. Sub
scriptions poured in, and
now that mission with its
dependent accessories em
braces the largest number
of communicants of any
church in the world. Xot
many years since, Dr. Smith,
and his wife who still lives
at the age of 83 at Xewton
Centre, Mass., visited that
mission, where two majestic
palms, one named Dr. Smith,
and the other Mrs. Smith,
are monuments to the love
of the native Christians for
the preserver of their prec
"While "America" will per
petuate its author's memory
as long as this nation lasts,
his sacred verse will no less
animate Christians the world
over. It is but recently that
a patriotic Japanese hymn
was adapted to the music of
"America," while "My
country, 'tis of thee," lias
been translated into thirty-eight different
Card of Thanks.
The members of the Beulah Hill Bap
tist church desire to express their thanks
to the ladies of the First Baptist church
of Mcdford, Mass., for their generous
contribution toward the erection of a
meeting house on Beulah hill.
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John 1. Hawlkv.