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144. battle anthem.

by John Neal.
Up, Christian warrior, up! I hear
     The trumpet of the North
Sounding the charge!
     Fathers and sons, to horse!
Fling the old standard forth,
     Blazing and large!

And now I hear the heavy tramp
     Of nations on the march,
Silent as death!
     A slowly-gathering host,
Like clouds o'er yonder arch,
     Holding their breath!

Our great blue sky is overcast;
     And stars are dropping out,
Through smoke and flame I
     Hail-stones and coals of fire I
Now comes the battle-shout I
     Jehovah's name!

And now the rebel pomp! To prayer I
     Look to your stirrups, men I
Yonder rides death!
     Now with a whirlwind-sweep.!
Empty their saddles when
     Hot comes their breath!

As through the midnight forest tears
     With trumpeting and fire
A thunder-blast;
     So, Reapers, tear your way
Through yonder camp, until you hear,
     “It is enough! Put up thy sword I
Oh, Angel of the Lord!
     My wrath is past!”

--Portland (Ale.) Transcript.

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