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For the Union.

by Charles Boynton Howell.
Speak boldly for the Union,
Though traitorous foes are near!
Let not that flag trail in the dust
Our fathers held so dear;
Then victory's golden sunlight
Will break in the nation's sky,
And the starry folds of our banner
Will float triumphantly!

Fight bravely for the Union,
Ye soldiers in the field!
And though the hour of strife is dark,
Never to traitors yield!
Remember the bold defenders
Of our land in its infancy,
And strike for your country gallantly,
For God and Liberty!

Work, patriots, for the Union,
Till the hour of triumph comes!
When the lusty shouts of victory
Mingle with rolls of drums;
Till the shadowy clouds of treason
Have floated fore'er away,
And the sunrise beams of hope and peace
Tell of a brighter day.

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