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168. a Southern song.

by L. M.
If ever I consent to be married,
     (And who would refuse a good mate?)
The man whom I give my hand to,
     Must believe in the rights of the State.

To a husband who quietly submits
     To negro equality sway,
The true Southern girl will not barter
     Her heart and affections away.

The heart I may choose to preside o'er,
     True, warm, and devoted must be,
And have true love for a Union
     Under the Southern Liberty Tree.

Should Lincoln attempt to coerce him
     To share with the negro his right,
Then, smiling, I'd gird on his armor,
     And bid him God-speed in the fight

[137] And if he should fall in the conflict,
     His memory with tears I will grace;
Better weep o'er a patriot fallen,
     Than blush in a Tory embrace.

We girls are all for a Union,
     Where a marked distinction is laid
Between the rights of the mistress,
     And those of the kinky-haired maid.

--Louisville Courier, June 22.

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