175. General Harney.
by Lexington.Come, now, a cheer for Harney,
The valiant and the true!
Faithful among the faithless,
Give him the honor due.
Rebellion wooed and threatened;
Friends, kindred, claimed his aid;
And soon the wronging whisper ran,
“By him, too, we're betrayed!
”And, like the hoary traitor
Of Pascagoula's shore,
Like Lee, and Chase, and Beauregard,
He breaks the oath he swore! “
But he wavered not an instant;
On the old flag he gazed,
With thoughts of those old battle-fields
Where its Stars and Stripes had blazed;
And he swore by all that touches
A loyal soldier's heart,
To stand by that bright banner
Till life and he should part.
So, then, a cheer for Harney!
Long may he live to see
The flag he perils all to save,
Wave o'er a people free!