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     We'll beat them, boys! or Mary Stark
A widow this night shall be!”
     And then, like a clap of thunder,
He broke upon the foe,
     And he won the battle of Bennington--
Eighty-five years ago!

Down from the wild Green Mountains
     Our fearless eagle swooped;
Down on Ticonderoga
     Bold Ethan Allen stooped,
And the royal red-cross banner
     Beneath his challenge drooped!
And the stout old border fortress
     He gained without a blow,
“In the name of the Great Jehovah!”
     Eighty-five years ago!

Out from the resonant belfry
     Of Independence Hall,
Sounded the tongue of a brazen bell,
     Bidding good patriots all
To give the oppressed their freedom,
     And lessen every thrall;
And the voice of brave John Hancock,
     Preached to the people below,
The Gospel of Independence--
     Eighty-five years ago!

And out from Sullivan's Island,
     From dark palmetto fen,
I hear the roar of cannonry,
     And the rifle-shots again;
And the voice of valiant Moultrie,
     And the shouts of Marion's men!
And I see our stricken banner
     Snatched from the ditch below,
By the hand of Sergeant Jasper--
     Eighty-five years ago!

So, the Old Days come over me--
     The Past around me rolls;
And the spell of a glorious History
     My yearning sense controls,
And I sing of the Grand Example
     Of old and loyal souls!
When the land we love lies bleeding,
     And we hear her heart's wild throe,
Let us think of the Old, Old Union,--
     Eighty-five years ago!

--N. Y. Leader.

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