Columbia The Gem Of The Ocean
O, Columbia! the gem of the ocean,
The wine cup, the wine cup bring hither,
About This Music
Written in 1843 and extremely popular during the Lincoln years, "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" was usually included among the patriotic songs played by the Marine Band for the President's ceremonial gatherings.
"Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean" is a United States patriotic song which was popular in the 19th and early 20th century . It was used on occasion as an unofficial national anthem in competition with " Hail, Columbia " and " The Star-Spangled Banner " until the latter's formal adoption as the national anthem of the United States in 1931 . For many years, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean's melody was used as the Voice of America's interval signal.
"Columbia" was commonly understood as a poetic name for the United States of America at the time. The song , as such, was first published in 1843 , credited to T. Becket & D. Shaw. It was apparently a rewrite of a well known British tune entitled "Red, White, and Blue."