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Songs of the rebels: the Federal Vandals.1

They come, they come — a motley crew,
For rapine, rape, and plunder met;
From different realms, of every hue,
The olive, yellow, white, and jet,
The princely loom-lord and his servile loot,
By sea and land they come, on horse, on foot

Ye Southern freemen, who is he,
By foes encompassed as thou art,
That will, that can deliver thee?
That dares attempt to take thy part?
Hark ye! in loudest thunder from on high,
The great Jehovah answers — It is I.

Rise, then, ye freemen, old and young
Unsheathe your swords — be bold, be brave!
Away be every scabbard flung,
In Federal blood your broadswords lave.
Arise, “arise and thresh--'tis God's command,” 2
And sweep Abe's cringing minions from your land.


1 the writer has taken the liberty to vary and apply to our Northern foes parts of an original poem in manuscript, written by himself.

2 Micah 4:18: “Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoof brass, and thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.”

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