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Excelsior (poem)

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Alegorical Physical Representation of Purpose

[white with the word EXCELSIOR]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 12 September 2006, based on a period illustration.

A flag appears in a rather famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,
A banner with the strange device,

The poem is an allegory about maintaining fixity of purpose while aiming for a lofty goal, "excelsior" being Latin for "ever higher," (and also the state motto of New York). A period illustration is shown in an article on Wikipedia.
Eugene Ipavec, 12 September 2006