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Reply to the Bonnie blue flag.1

by Isaac M. Ball.
We're fighting for our Union,
We're fighting for our trust,
We're fighting for the happy land
Where sleeps our Fathers' dust.
It cannot be dissevered,
Though it cost us bloody wars;
We never can give up the land
Where float the Stripes and Stars.
chorus — Hurrah! Hurrah!
For equal rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the good old flag
That bears the Stripes and Stars.

We trusted you as brothers,
Until you drew the sword,
With impious hands at Sumter,
You cut the silver cord.
So now you hear our bugles,
We come, the sons of Mars,
To rally round the brave old flag
That bears the Stripes and Stars.
chorus — Hurrah! hurrah! etc.

We do not want your cotton,
We care not for your slaves,
But rather than divide the land
We'll fill your Southern graves.
With Lincoln for our chieftain,
We wear our country's scars,
We'll rally round the brave old flag
That bears the Stripes and Stars.
chorus — Hurrah! hurrah! etc.

We deem our cause most holy,
We know we're in the right,
And twenty million freemen
Stand ready for the fight. [3]
Our pride is fair Columbia,
No stain her beauty mars;
On her we'll raise the brave old flag
That bears the Stripes and Stars.
chorus — Hurrah, hurrah! etc.

And when this war is over,
We'll each resume our home,
And treat you still as brothers
Wherever you may roam;
We'll pledge the hand of friendship,
And think no more of war,
But dwell in peace beneath the flag
That bears the Stripes and Stars.
chorus — Hurrah! hurrah I etc.

1 see page 84, poetry and incidents, Vol. IV., Rebelion record.

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