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53. A patriotic call for volunteers.

by J. G. L.
Come, Freedom's sons, arouse, arouse!
     Nor longer now delay,
And pledge to God above your vows,
     Rebellion foul to slay.

Come from the forge, come from the plough,
     Come from the bank and store;
From wave and wood, come, Freemen, now,
     And fight as those of yore.

Where Freemen all victorious stood,
     Where tyranny did yield;
Just here, where your bold fathers' blood
     Stained red the battle-field.

From North to South, from East to West,
     Let Union shouts arise,
From valley deep to eagle's nest,
     And echo through the skies.

Come, bold sons of your pilgrim sires,
     Sons of the brave and free,
Who left to you, their rightful heirs,
     This glorious legacy.

This lovely home of hill and dell,
     Of river, lake, and sea;
Where tyrant ruled, as William Tell
     Can find sweet liberty.

Come, then, from forge, and come from plough,
     Come from the bank and store;
From wave and wood, come, Freemen, now,
     To fight as those of yore.

Come, clear away the gloomy pall
     Of treason dark and drear;
Before your arms 'tis doomed to fall--
     Hark! hear the victors cheer.

Your country calls! see there's the foe,
     Rebellion, strike it down;
Yes, strike the one decisive blow,
     Then wear the victor's crown:

[52] A more than crown — a laurel wreath,
     Around each patriot's brow--
While treason sleeps a traitor's death:
     Then, up, and--win it now.

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