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94. God and the Right.

by David J. Dickson.

Now, soldiers of Freedom, for love of God, rally!
Old Earth yearns to know that her children are men.

Arise! let our Banner be flung to the skies!
     See, the Northern battalions are roused to the fight!
The echoing mountains shall wake to our cries:
     Our Country and Liberty! God and the Right!
The old Land comes down with the old Sword in hand;
     She comes, as she came to the olden wars;
Her frown shall strike death to the traitorous band
     Who would tear from her clutches the Banner of Stars.

Arise! let our Banner be flung to the skies!
     See, the Northern battalions are roused to the fight!
The echoing mountains shall ring with our cries:
     Our Country and Liberty I God and the Right!
Then let the storm burst, and, as firm as the rock,
     We'll stand with the old Banner streaming on high;
The breast of the old Land is bared for the shock;
     Like freemen we'll live, or like freemen we'll die.
Then strike for the old Land, that never has bowed,
     And Vict'ry shall carry our Flag through the wars;
But if we must fall, let our glorious shroud
     Be the Flag of our Country — the Banner of Stars.

Let the Flag of our Country be flung to the sky;
     Our arms shall be bared for the glorious fight;
As freemen we'll live, or like heroes we'll die!
     Our Union and Liberty! God and the Right!

Sterling, Pa., April, 1861.

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