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65. the charge of the Twenty-seven, at Davis' Creek.

by Richard Kirke.
The brave lieutenant then
     Unsheathed his ready blade,
And cried, “Now charge, my men!
     Now charge yon false brigade!”
A moment, breathless still,
     They halted on the hill,
And mutely turned to Heaven;
     Then on the foe,
Who lay below,
     Swooped down the Twenty-seven!

They charge with fire and steel;
     They thunder o'er the plain;
The rebel legions reel--
     The ground is piled with slain;
The stricken foes divide,
     Like Jordan's fearful tide,
Smote by the hand of Heaven;
     And right and left,
Their ranks are cleft
     Down by the Twenty-seven!

They are but twenty-seven,
     The foe are thousands strong,
And yet their swords have riven
     A pathway through the throng;
But on that crimson plain,
     Four fearless heroes slain,
Have passed from earth to heaven;
     And never more,
Through death and gore,
     Will ride the Twenty-seven!

As once the prophet rose,
     On flaming coursers driven,
So passed they from the foes,
     Upborne on fire to heaven;
And now, to after-times,
     Like solemn vesper chimes,
Their death and deeds are given;
     And freemen long,
In tale and song,
     Will laud the Twenty-seven.

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