Sweep the pantry of its choicest,
Till the shelves are lean and slim;
Take a jug or two of apple,
For these chill November damps
Oft benumb the weary sentries
As they guard the sleeping camps.
Drive the pet of old Sarpedon--
For the glory of his sires
He will make the camp at Wickliffe
Ere they stir the morning fires.
IV.Tell the soldier of Kentucky,
And the soldier from abroad
Who has come to fight the battle
Of his country and his God--
Tell them one who on the Wabash
Fought with Daviess when he fell,
And who bled at Meigs, where Dudley
Met the painted hosts of hell--
One who fought with Hart at Raisin,
And with Johnson on the Thames,
And with Jackson at New Orleans,
Where we won immortal names,
Sends them from his chimney corner
Such fair greeting as he may,
With a few small creature-comforts
For this drear November day.
V.Tell them he has watched this quarrel
From its outbreak until now,
And, with hand upon his heart-beat,
And God's light upon his brow,
He invokes their truest manhood,
The full prowess of their youth,
In this battle of the Nation
For the right and for the truth.
Tell them one whose years are sinking
To the quiet of the grave,
Thus enjoins each valiant spirit
That would scorn to be a slave--
“By the toil and blood your fathers
In the cause of Freedom spent,
By the memory of your mothers,
And the noble aid they lent--
VI.By the blessings God has showered
On this birthright of the free,
Give to Heaven a reverent spirit,
Bend to Heaven a willing knee,
And in silence, 'mid the pauses
Of the hymn and of the prayer,
To the God of Hosts appealing,
By the God of Battles swear--
Swear to rally round the standard
With our nation that was born,
With its Stars of world-wide glory,
And its Stripes that none may scorn!
Swear to fight the fight forced on us,
While an armed foe stirs abroad;
Swear to fight the fight of Freedom,
Of the Union, and of God! “
VII.Ah! he drives the young Sarpedon--
Drives the son of glorious sires,
And he'll make the camp at Wickliffe's
Ere they build the morning fires.
Do you know, child, I am prouder
Of the spirit of your boy,
Than of any other grandson
That e'er brought his mother joy?
And so now, good Nannie Hardin,
For the night you'd best retire;
As for me, my child, I'm wakeful,
And I'll still sit by the fire.
Oh, my soul is in the battles
Of the Wabash and the Thames,
Where the prowess of Kentucky
Won imperishable names!
VIII.I must see the camp at Wickliffe's
Nannie, you as well can go;
I must mingle with the soldiers
Who have come to meet our foe;
I must talk to them of battles
By the ranks of Freedom won,
And of acts of valor ventured,
And of deeds of daring done.
Ah, I'll take them to the ramparts
Where their fathers fought of old,--
For my spirit now surveys them,
As a chart that is unrolled,--
And I'll show them in the mirror
Of the clouds and of the skies,
Where the hosts of glory marshal,
And the flag of glory flies
IX.Take a blanket, dear, from Effie,
And a comfort here and there,
And from my good bed and wardrobe
Strip whatever I can spare.
Hunt the house from top to bottom,
And let the neighbors know
What they need, the men who shield them
From the fury of the foe.
Be up early in the morning;
Ask of all what they will send
To the camp in Wickliffe's meadow,
Where each soldier is a friend.
'Twere a sin, whilst there is plenty,
(Let us never feel the taunt,)
That the legions of the Union,
Braving danger, were in want,
X.Write at once to Hatty Shelby,
And — for both of them are there--
Send a line to Alice Dudley,
And a word for Ruth Adair;
Then to-morrow write to Dorcas,
And anon to Mollie Todd,--
Say they've work now for their country,
For their freedom, and their God;
And if only half the spirit
That their mother had is theirs,
There'll be rapid work with needles,
And sharp rummaging up stairs.
Oh, it stirs the blood of seventy,
Wherever it survives,
Just to touch the chain of memory
Of the old Kentucky wives!
XI.In a day or two-at farthest
When the present rain is done--