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116. Songs of the Rebels. Nil Desperandum. Inscribed to our soldier — boys. by Ada rose. The Yankee hosts are coming, With their glittering rows of steel, And sharp, from many a skirmish, Comes the rifle's ringing peal, Warning you how very near The Northern “Hessians” are, With their overwhelming forces, But ne'er must you despair. For though they come on surging, Like a mighty rolling sea, They're hired by their master, “Abe” -- You fight for Liberty. So bravely you must meet them, And face the cannon's blare; Your watchward, “Victory or death,” And never you despair. True, the cloud is dark and lowering, But behind a cheerful ray, And the night is always darkest Just before the break of day. Have faith; the cloud will soon disperse, For the light is surely there; The day will soon be dawning, So never you despair. Go, emulate brave Washington, Who led a little band, To drive the proud oppressors From off their happy land. The enemy outnumbered, By far, the “rebels