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That the Stars and Stripes flutter before them,
In triumph, wherever they go:
Do they know how the hearts are throbbing,
Do they know how the eyes are wet
With a deep, high, grief and gladness,
At this part of the Nation's debt?
Ah me! I am only a woman,--
Not even my voice is strong
To give them a rousing welcome--
A cheer as they pass along.
But hark! how the men are cheering,
All down along the shore;
And the crews of the passing vessels
Give out another roar;
And once more the echoes waken,
As the blue-coats answer back,--
And the steamer is round the headland,
And the waters close over her track.
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