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[109] Then waken from thy nerveless sleep,
     Gird on thy well-tried armor,
And soon the braggart North will feel
     That right has strength to harm her.

Kentucky boys and girls have we--
     From us ye may not take them;
Sad-hearted will ye give them up,
     And for the foe forsake them?

Oh, Tennessee, twin-sister, grieves
     To take thy hand at parting,
And feel that from its farewell grasp
     A brother's blood is starting.

It must not be!--Kentucky, come!
     Virginia loudly calls thee,
And Maryland defenseless stands
     To share what fate befalls thee.

Come, ere the tyrant's chain is forged,
     From out the war-cloud looming;
Come, ere thy palsied knee is bent,
     To hopeless ruin dooming.

--Memphis Appeal

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