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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 3 1 Browse Search
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20. the traitor's vision. by G. Willis White, Jr. He lay on his couch in the silent hour, And the midnight lamp burned dim, And he thought of the reins of despotic power, That none could hold but him ; But his brain was fevered and weary with thought, And his body was racked with pain, J While his heart beat fast when his memory sought To bring back old times again. He figured his profits β€” a good round sum They seemed to his fevered mind; But a spectre grim there seemed to come, I When a balance he sought to find; He saw on the wall, and in clear relief, A ghostly group of mechanics appear, And they built a gallows, and talked of a thief, Who, dreading his death, was standing near; And straightway from out of the midst of them all, A man walked forth with a face like the dead, While these words appeared above on the wall: β€œHe betrayed the country that gave him bread!” And he that lay on his couch that night, Gazed trembling forward into the space, While his heart stood still with <
not a dimple crisp'd the deep; So pellucid, that the coral groves that sleep Far below, were disclosed in all their sweep, Gay with every prismy hue! V. Far along the curving shores gleam'd the sand; High aloft the branching palms would expand, And the orange and the lime o'er the land Wav'd their globes of sparkling gold; Like emeralds shine the grasses and the leaves; The grape its fruit and foliage interweaves, And the ripened Indian corn, with its sheaves, Is in ruddy bloom unroll'd. VI. White as foam shone the cotton o'er the plain, As if snows, and the sleety, icy rain, Their flaky storm has showered forth amain From winter's frosty urn; Soft, soft the odorous land-breeze seaward blows, Delicious with magnolia and the rose, And the spicy air so sweet as it flows, When flowers their incense burn. Part II.--the battle. VII. 'Twas a fair scene β€” a grand, enchanting view; Yet o'er that land, from fort to fortress, flew A traitor's banner, while a rebel crew In arms each fortres