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163. all of them.1

by S. R. K.
With head erect, and lips compressed,
     He throws his hammer by;
The purpose of his manly breast
     Is now to do or die.

He seeks the camp: “Put down my name,
     (My boys will mind the shop;)
If the traitors want my heart's best blood,
     I'll sell it drop for drop.

“And here comes now my oldest boy:
     My son, what would you do?”
“Father, my brother will drive the trade;
     I've come to fight with you.”

“God bless him! Well, put down his name;
     I cannot send him home.
But here's the other boy, I see:
     My son, what made you come?”

“Father, I could not work alone;
     The shop may go to — grass;
I've come to fight for the good old flag;
     Stand off here — let me pass.”
“Yes, put him down — he's a noble boy;

I've two that are younger still;
     They'll drive the plough on the Flushing farm,
And work with a right good will.

“My God! and here comes one of them!
     My son, you must not go!”
“Father, when traitors are marching on,
     I cannot plough or sow.”

“Well, thank God, there is one left yet;
     He will plough and sow what he can;
But he's only a boy, and can never do
     The work of a full-grown man.”

With a proud, full heart, the blacksmith turned,
     And walked to the other side,
For he felt a weakness he almost scorned,
     And a tear he fain would bide.

They told him then, his youngest boy
     Was putting his name on the roll:
“It must not be,” said the brave old man;
     “No, no, he's the light of my soul!”

But the lad came up with a beaming face,
     Which bore neither fears nor cares:
“Father, say nothing — my name is down;
     I have let out the farm on shares.”

And now they've marched to the tented field,
     And when the wild battle shall come,
They'll strike a full blow for the Stars and Stripes,
     For God, and their Country, and Home.

--N. Y. Tribune, June 1.

1 see page 112, rumors and incidents, ante.

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