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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Poetry and Incidents., Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 2 0 Browse Search
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51. the Unreturning brave. by Josephine Williamson. How many reeking swords have found a sheath Within the hearts of our bold, fallen braves; How many forms now claim beneath The sods of alien States a warrior's grave. Early they've mingled with their parent dust-- Fulfilled the promise to their fathers made. To uphold Freedom was their trust, With traitor's blood they've stained their swords' bright blade. They waved their glistering falchions in the air, They soaked the sods of earth in human gore-- Poured out their life's libation then and there, And pierced bold treason to its heart's deep core. The same great God still reigns in heaven above That reigned when all earth's victories have been won; His grace doth still extend both peace and love, As in the days of our own Washington. Oh! for the words to curse this Union's foe, Whose blighting hand on happiness is laid; May peace and freedom now give place to woe, And each black heart see all its fond hopes fade. May all earth's