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Beneath that curse of iron hail,
That threshed the plain with flashing flail,
Well might the stoutest soldier quail,
In echoing Pennsylvania!

Then, like a sudden, summer rain,
Storm-driven o'er the darkened plain,
They burst upon our ranks and main,
In startled Pennsylvanial

We felt the old, ancestral thrill,
From sire to son, transmitted still;
And fought for Freedom with a will,
In pleasant Pennsylvania!

The breathless shock — the maddened toil--
The sudden clinch — the sharp recoil--
And we were masters of the soil,
In bloody Pennsylvania!

To westward fell the beaten foe--
The growl of battle hoarse and low
Was heard anon, but dying slow,
In ransomed Pennsylvania!

Sou‘ westward, with the sinking sun,
The cloud of battle, dense and dun,
Flashed into fire — and all was won
In joyful Pennsylvania!

But ah the heaps of loyal slain!
The bloody toil! the bitter pain!
For those who shall not stand again
In pleasant Pennsylvania!

Back through the verdant valley lands,
East fled the foe, in frightened bands;
With broken swords and empty hands,
Out of Pennsylvania!


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