Fugitive Verses
Popular Reprinted Poetry from Nineteenth Century Newspapers

The Union

Source of witness transcribed: The Southern Sentinel (Plaquemine, Parish of Iberville, Louisiana)

Date of witness transcribed: 9 January 1850

Notes about this poem: "The Union" was printed in at least 224 newspapers during the nineteenth century. It can be found using ID 2408800 in this table of most widely-reprinted poems.


  • Thou, too, sail on, O ship of State!
  • Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
  • Humanity, with all its fears,
  • With all the hopes of future years,
  • Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
  • We know what master laid thy keel,
  • What workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
  • Who made each mast, each sail, each rope,
  • What anvils sang, what hammers beat,
  • In what a forge and what a heat,
  • Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!
  • Fear not each sudden sound and shock,
  • ‘Tis of the wave and not the rock;
  • ‘Tis but the flapping of the sail,
  • And not a rent made by the gale!
  • In spite of rock and tempest’s roar,
  • In spite of false lights on the shore,
  • Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea!
  • Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee:
  • Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, tears,
  • Are all with thee—are all with thee!