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65. to arms!

by Martha Perry Lowe.
Traitors and foes! We shall arm! We shall arm!
     Brethren are ye?--but it matters us not--
Men of the South! We are calm! We are calm!
     You are like madmen, misguided and hot!

Long have we patiently borne with your hate;
     Shame has been rising and flushing our brow;
Oh! we've entreated you, early and late--
     God only knows what has come o'er us now!

We are not angry — the fire is too deep;
     We will not taunt — that's for boys, and not men;
Yet we have sworn, and our word we will keep,
     Never shall you trample on us again!

You have dishonored the Stripes and the Stars!
     The pale North a moment did hold in her breath;
Now thousands of eyes, like the red planet Mars,
     Do glare on you steady defiance and death!

You love not to work, you are all gentle-men;
     Arms are your pastime, and “fight” is your word;
We love the plow, and the loom, and the pen;
     Nobler is Peace, to our hearts, than the Sword.

You have been plotting all over the land--
     You have been training to tear down the State;
We've not been playing with weapons in hand,
     But we'll tear down your flag, at the Capitol's gate!

Lord of the Nations! Restrain us! Restrain I
     Terrible, mighty, our waking will be;
Blood, when it falls, will come down as the rain,
     Flooding the earth like the surge of the sea!

Then courage, ye men of the North and the West I
     A nation is springing again into birth!
In the beautiful garments of liberty drest,
     Forever to stand the desire of the earth!

--N. Y. Tribune.

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