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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.

October, 1861.

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