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5. when the great rebellion's over.

Climbed the baby on her knee,
     With an airy, childish grace,
Prattled in her lovely face,
     “When will papa come to me?”
“Papa?” soft the mother cried--
     “Papa! ah! the naughty rover!
Sweet, my pet, he'll come to thee
     When the great rebellion's over!”

“Mamma once had rosy cheeks,
     Danced and sung a merry tune;
Now she rocks me 'neath the moon,
     Sits and sighs, but scarcely speaks.”
Sad the smile the mother wore--
     “Sweet mamma has lost her lover,
She will blush and sing no more
     Till the great rebellion's over!

“Till the hush of peace shall come,
     Like a quiet fall of snow,
And the merry troops shall go
     Marching back to hearts at home” --
“Papa — home?” the baby lisped,
     Balmy-breathed as summer clover
“Yes, my darling, home at last,
     And the sad rebellion over!”

Entered at the open door,
     While the mother soothed her child,
One who neither spoke nor smiled,
     Standing on the sunny floor.
Wistful eyes met mournful eyes,
     Hope took flight, like airy plover;
Ah! poor heart, thou'lt wait in vain
     Till the great rebellion's over!

Heart, poor heart! too weak to save,
     Vain your tears — your longings vain--
Summer winds and summer rain
     Beat already on his grave!
From the flag upon his breast,
     (Truer breast it ne'er shall cover!)
From its mouldering colors, wet
     With his blood, shall springs beget
Lily, rose, and violet.

And a wreath of purple clover,
     With the flag upon his breast,
They have hid away your lover--
     Weep not! wail not! let him rest,
Having bravely stood the test,
     He shall rank among the blest,
When the great rebellion's over.


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