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[3] But, as testing the new birth, lurked there within
     Full of a masked deceit--
False to all truth, in league with every sin--
     A most villainous cheat.

Insolent and proud, he drew the red blade,
     To turn aback the world
On the track of the ages of progress she'd made,
     With the old banner furled.

“Then round the old flag let's rally again” --
     Rang through the whole land,
“Though billions were lost and millions were. slain,
     The great cause it shall stand.”

A continent and more — there's freedom to lose--
     The present requires it--
The great Future demands and freemen must choose
     As the ages invoke it.

Lo! thousands sprang forth from valley and plain,
     And our Rosecrans was there--
The chief in the strife, and now we proclaim
     His deeds also are there.

Hail! then, the great chief whose victories tell
     What the hero has done--
Let's march to his step, and all rebels compel
     To acknowledge that one,
From E Pluribus Unum proclaimed long ago,
     Is the sole rendering patriots care know.

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