previous next

57. the reveille.

by T. B. Hart, of San Francisco.
Hark! I hear the tramp of thousands,
     And of armed men the hum;
Lo! a Nation's hosts have gathered
     Round the quick alarming drum--
Saying, “Come,
     Freemen, come!
Ere your heritage be wasted,” said the quick alarming drum.

[54] “Let me of my heart take counsel;
     War is not of life the sum;
Who shall stay and reap the harvest
     When the autumn days shall come?”
But the drum
     Echoed, “Come!
Death shall reap the braver harvests,” said the solemn sounding drum.

“But when won the coming battle,
     What of profit springs therefrom?
What if conquests — subjugation--
     Even greater ills become?”
But the drum
     Answered, “Come!
You must do the sum to prove it,” said the Yankee-answering drum.

“What if, 'mid the cannon's thunder,
     Whistling shot and bursting bomb,
When my brothers fall around me,
     Should my heart grow cold and numb?”
But the drum
     Answered, “Come
Better there in death united, than in life a recreant — come!”

Thus they answered — hoping, fearing--
     Some in faith, and doubting some,
Till a trumpet-voice, proclaiming,
     Said, “My chosen people, come!”
Then the drum,
     Lo! was dumb,
For the great heart of the Nation, throbbing, answered, “Lord! we come!”

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
San Francisco (California, United States) (1)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
T. B. Hart (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: