Annotated Words of the Red Flag

The people's flag is deepest red,
It shrouded oft our martyred dead,  [1]
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
Their hearts' blood dyed its every fold.

	Then raise the scarlet standard high!
	Within its shade we'll live or die,
	Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
	We'll keep the red flag flying here.

It waved above out infant might,
When all ahead seemed dark as night;
It witnessed many a deed and vow:-
We must not change its colour now.

It well recalls the triumphs past,
It gives the hope of peace at last;
The banner bright, the symbol plain,
Of human right and human gain.

It suits today the weak and base,
Whose minds are fixed on self and place;
To cringe before the rich man's frown,
And haul the sacred emblem down.

With heads uncovered swear we all,
To bear it onward till we fall;
Come dungeon dark or gallows grim,
This song shall be out parting hymn.

	Then raise the scarlet standard high!
	Within its shade we'll live or die,
	Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
	We'll keep the red flag flying here.
[1] Or
Stained with the blood our martyrs shed,

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Last modified: Wed Sep 5 08:03:39 BST 2001