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A welcome home.

by Thomas F. Power.
Delivered at the Reception of the Framingham members of the Massachusetts Forty-fourth regiment, South-Framingham, June 11, 1863.

Rest! soldier, rest! Not now the trumpet pealing,
Rousing to arms, shall thrill the patriot breast,
For white-robed Peace shall now awhile enfold thee;
Rest! soldier, rest!

Rest! soldier, rest! the joyous cannon hail thee;
The singing trumpets' silvery tones attest
That all now bid the war-tried patriot welcome;
Rest! soldier, rest!

Not now the drenching rain — the weary marching;
No fierce besiegers now thy valor test;
No bursting shells-guerrilla raids at midnight;
Rest! soldier, rest!

Not here the flashing of the foeman's sabre;
Not here the wide ranks kneel to Death's behest;
Naught but the glance of bright eyes kindly beaming;
Rest! soldier, rest!

Not here the whistling of the leaden death-shots--
'Tis but the Oriole singing o'er her nest;
The waving tree-tops whispering peace and quiet;
Rest! soldier, rest!

See yon fair wife, a white-armed welcome waving!
No longer now by deadly fear opprest;
What heavenly music is that dear voice saying:
Rest! soldier, rest!

A mother's kisses greet her first-born darling;
O joy! how closely heart to heart is prest;
In home, sweet home, she bids the weary wanderer
Rest! soldier, rest!

Not all who answered to Columbia, calling
On her brave sons from North, and East, and West,
Can answer now-their voices hushed forever;
Rest! soldier, rest!

Loud let the bugle swell the note of triumph!
Sound, trumpets! praise our bravest and our best!
Thousands of voices bid each hero welcome;
Rest! soldier, rest!

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