81. the gathering.Forward! onward! far and forth!
An earthquake shout awakes the North.
Massachusetts hears that cry--
Hears, and gives the swift reply,
Pennsylvania draws her sword,
Echoes from her hills the word,
Brave New York is up and ready,
With her thirty thousand steady,--
Small Rhode Island flies to arms,
Shouting at the first alarms,
Illinois and Indiana
Shriek, as they unroll our banner,
Not behind the rest in zeal,
Hear Ohio's thunder-peal,
From Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine,
Comes the same awakening strain,
Old Connecticut is here,
Ready to give back the cheer,
Minnesota, though remote,
Swells the free, inspiring note,
Iowa and Michigan,
Both are ready to a man--
Not the last in honor's race,
See Wisconsin come apace--
Delaware, New Jersey, rise
And put on their martial guise.
Onward! On! a common cause
Is yours — your liberties and laws.
Forward, in your strength and pride!
God himself is on your side.