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Jacqueline Q. Scott wrote at 2009-04-26 19:52:50
I learned this poem from my sister, 4 years ahead of me in K-8 and her vehemence I still repeat - "Who touches a hair of yon grey head, DIES like a dog, March on he said."

Glad to read it aloud today -- and used to recite

Under his slouched hat left and right

He glanced; the old flag met his sight.

³Halt!²--the dust-brown ranks stood fast.

³Fire!²--out blazed the rifle-blast.

It shivered the window, pane and sash;

It rent the banner with seam and gash

Barbara Vinson wrote at 2009-05-08 01:41:16
I was delighted to finally find this poem.  My mother was from Maryland, and when I was born (1935) she named me after Barbara Fritchie.

Carol France wrote at 2009-05-13 17:06:55
I am not as old as you yet I hope I am one day, but I too learnt this poem at school when I was about 12 and could only remember a couple of lines. I have been searching for ages for the full poem, and at last I have found it. I finding as moving today as i did then. Thanks for the memory.

John Russell wrote at 2010-04-22 22:07:14
I remember this poem from primary school in Scotland over 55 years ago (What happened to my life,I blinked and it is mostly gone). We didn't have to learn it, but like Jacqueline Q. Scott, those same lines stuck in my head and occasionally I would repeat them, to my family's bewilderment.

This is my first attempt to trace the poem in all those years. I am pleased with the result.

Malcolm Rose wrote at 2010-11-28 20:39:12
I learned this poem in 1957. I still remember it, also a wonderful teacher, Miss. Joan Levis. I still use it on occasions.

Nancy Farwell nee Morrison wrote at 2011-01-11 05:27:57
I am 59 years old and have had the most often line quoted quoted to me since I was about 6 by my mother.  I recited this poem in its entirety, as related here, for my speech teacher in high school in order to pass this class.  True or not, it is a great poem.

Julie wrote at 2011-09-14 06:08:56
Thank you so much for posting this poem... my Grandmother recited it to me when I was a child, it was lovely seeing it here.

Jim McGregor wrote at 2012-11-05 12:48:11
What a great poem! I did a reenactment of the take-over of Frederick when I was a member of a New York Volunteer company doing Civil War Re-enactments. This poem brings back lots of great memories.



tony hick wrote at 2012-12-06 16:38:04
thanks for your answer,i have been trying to remember the words

from long ago in my schooldays

Doreen Steinberg wrote at 2014-06-28 06:23:25
This is a wonderful site. I have been fighting library closures in Luton UK for the past 10 months. Books and the internet are so importance andyet they have left whole areas without service. Our website is


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I can answer any question regarding poetry, forms, authors, and history. I am the founder of Simply Haiku Journal, as well as the high IQ society, Artifex Mens Congregatio ( Artistic Minds Society ). I have been published in hundreds of publications and won numerous international awards. Additional info can be viewed in my profile.


Though I write and have published most forms of poetry, my expertise is Japanese short forms such as haiku, senryu, and tanka. Both under my name and my pen name Toshiro Takeshita.

High IQ Society Memberships Mysterium Poetic Genius Society High Potentials Society VinCi Other Memberships Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Ocean Futures Society Council for Secular Humanism International Society for Philosophers Poetry Society of America

Reeds: Contemporary Haiga Asahi Shimbun December 22,2003 Mainichi Daily News Jan 3 No.655 Kokako Magazine World Haiku Review VOLUME 3, ISSUE 2 Poem of the Day - Shreve Memorial Library Jan 7 2004 Fourth New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day World-Wide Double Kukai 2003/2004 Honourable Mention Asahi Shinbun Jan 13, 2004 Heron's Nest March 2004 paper wasp summer 2004 Mainichi Daily News Feb. 1, 2004 (No.656) Mainichi Daily News Jan. 3, 2004 (No.655) Daily Yomiuri Go-Shichi-Go Haiku in English / Using poetic color in haiku Feb 2004 Anti-War Haiku Wall - Sequences haiga online Autumn 2004 Runner Up Blue Tree Gallery's Autumn Haiku Contest Results Asahi Shinbun Dec 27-28, 2003 Asahi Shinbun February 16, 2004 3rd Place World Haiku Club St Valentine's Day Kukai - 2004 Frogpond spring/summer issue 2004 Acorn # 12 Asahi Shinbun March 15, 2004 Heron's Nest May 2004 Frogpond spring/summer issue 2004 Snapshots 11 haiga online Spring 2004 modern Haiku 35.3 South by Southeast 2004 The MAG Second Anniversary Issue August, 2004 Editors Choice Award, White Lotus Magazine Club Romance Carnival Macabre Magazine Room 636 Apotheosis

Founder of Simply Haiku, the most read Japanese short form publication in the world. Winner of numerous international awards.

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Fourth New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day World-Wide Double Kukai 2003/2004 Honourable Mention Runner Up Blue Tree Gallery's Autumn Haiku Contest 3rd Place World Haiku Club St Valentine's Day Kukai - 2004 Honorable mention Suruga Baika Literary Festival Editors Choice Award, White Lotus Magazine first issue Second Prize 10th Kusamakura International Haiku Competition

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