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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 17. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The Monument to General Robert E. Lee. (search)
bert Lee. Who—again I ask the question— Who may challenge in debate, With any show of truthfulness, Our former social state Which brought forth more than heroes In their lives supremely great? Not Peter the wild Crusader When bent upon his knee, Not Arthur and his belted knights In the poet's song could be More earnest than those Southern men Who followed Robert Lee. They thought that they were right, and this Was hammered into those Who held that crest all drenched in blood Where the ‘Bloody Angle’ rose. As for all else? It passes by As the idle wind that blows. III. Then stand up, oh my Countrymen! And unto God give thanks, On mountains, and on hillsides, And by sloping river banks— Thank God that you were worthy Of the grand Confederate ranks; That you who came from uplands And from beside the sea, Filled with love of Old Virginia, And the teachings of the free, May boast in sight of all men That you followed Robert Lee. Peace has come. God gave his blessing On the fact