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48. our heroes.

Ah! no, they have not passed away,
     The glorious men of old,
Of lofty deeds, whose souls were cast
     In virtue's sternest mould.

O patriot names! Brighter for such
     Shines forth the storied past;
O loyal lives! in days of gloom
     A beacon to the last.

Hear ye their call? Up! Save this Land!
     Fulfil your mission high;
It stirs each true heroic heart,
     That thrilling battle-cry.

They come! they come! O waiting souls!
     They gather in their might;
Their hearts are leal, their swords are true,
     They battle for the right.

Thank God, my country, for the brave,
     The wise, the eloquent;
Their noblest thoughts are given to thee,
     And on thy future bent.

They fight and bleed and die
     On hill-side, plain, and sea,
That the old flag cleansed from every stain
     May yet float fair and free!

S. R. C. Brunswick, me., January 10, 1863.

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