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43. Relieving guard--March 4, 1864.

by Frank Brel Harte.
Came the relief. “What, sentry ho!
     How passed the night through thy long waking?”
“Cold, cheerless, dark — as may befit
     The hour before the dawn is breaking.”

“No sight? no sound?” “No; nothing, save
     The plover from the marshes calling;
And in yon western sky, about
     An hour ago, a star was falling.”

“A star? There's nothing strange in that.”
     “No, nothing; but above the thicket
Somehow it seemed to me that God
     Somewhere had just relieved a picket!”

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