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[3] XVIII.
     From the vine-land, from the Rhine-land,
From the Shannon, from the Scheldt,
     From the ancient homes of genius,
From the sainted home of Celt,
     From Italy, from Hungary,
All as brothers join and come,
     To the sinew-bracing bugle,
And the foot-propelling drum:
     Too proud beneath the Starry Flag to die, and keep secure
The Liberty they dreamed of by the Danube, Elbe, and Suir.

     From every hearth bounds up a heart,
As spring from hill-side leaps,
     To give itself to those proud streams
That make resistless deeps!
     No book-rapt sage, for age on age,
Can point to such a sight
     As this deep throb, which woke from rest
A people armed for fight.
     Peal out, ye bells, the tocsin peal, for never since the day
When Peter roused the Christian world has Earth seen such array.

     Which way we turn, the eye-balls burn
With joy upon the throng;
     'Mid cheers, and prayers, and martial airs,
The soldiers press along;
     The masses swell and wildly yell,
On pavement, tree, and roof,
     And sun-bright showers of smiles and flowers
Of woman's love give proof.
     Peal out, ye bells, from church and dome, in rivalrous communion,
With the wild, upheaving masses, for the Army of the Union!

     Onward trending, crowds attending,
Still the army moves — and still;
     Arms are clashing, wagons crashing
In the roads and streets they fill;
     O'er them banners wave in thousands,
Round them human surges roar,
     Like the restless-bosomed ocean,
Heaving on an iron shore;
     Cannons thunder, people wonder whence the endless river comes,
With its foam of bristling bayonets, and its cataracts of drums.

     “God bless the Union army!”
That holy thought appears
     To symbolize the trustful eyes
That speak more loud than cheers.
     “God bless the Union army,
And the flag by which it stands;
     May it preserve with Freeman's nerve,
What Freedom's God demands!”
     Peal out, ye bells — ye women, pray — for never yet went forth
So grand a band, for law and land, as the Muster of the North.

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