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Requiem.

Requiem Aeternam dona iis, Domine !
Give them eternal rest,
Father, with thee,
On thy paternal breast,
God of the free!

Dumb is the cannon's throat,
Broken the brand,
Feebly the pennons float
O'er the red land;
When, on the battle-field,
By the rude torch revealed,
Slumber the brave,
Pillowed on foes o'erthrown;
While round them shriek and groan,
Blent with the night-wind's moan.
Ceaselessly rave.

Them shall the thunder's roar
Nevermore, nevermore
Rouse up amain.
Theirs is that olden sleep,
Sacred and golden sleep,
Free from all pain.
So sleep the dutiful,
Dreamless but beautiful,
Their duty done;
Sinking in tranquil rest,
As in the purple west
Sinketh the sun.

Fast closed the fight round them,
Vast rose the night round them,
Night at noonday--
Night of the sulph'rous smoke,
Glad with the sabre-stroke,
Death-shot and thunder-roar,
Deluge of human gore,
Dreadfullest fray!
Oh! they fought fearfully,
Bleeding, but cheerfully,
On for the free,
Dealing their dying blows,
As o'er the flying foes
Rose victory!

Close up each ghastly wound
Gaping so wide;
Lift them up from the ground,
Liberty's pride.
Wrap round each gory form,
Torn though it be,
The star of the battle-storm,
Flag of the free!
Calm is their slumber now;
Fame on each bloody brow
Sits like a star,
Gleaming through death and night,
With a celestial light
Streaming afar!

Drop no tears vain on them!
There is no stain on them;
Earth shall now tell
How, glad with life to seal
Freedom and country-weal,
Nobly they fell,
Leaving a story
Of valor and doom
Wreathing with glory
Their brows for the tomb!

[80] Give them eternal rest,
Father, with thee,
On thy paternal breast,
God of the free!
Gather those ever thine
In thy fond arms divine,
Who for their country's laws,
God, and old Freedom's cause,
Battle and fall!
Give them eternal youth,
Life in immortal truth!
Flash wide o'er all
Their far-splendoring story,
To stream on sublime--
Their sunshine of glory,
To hallow all time!

C. A. M.

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