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[283] There lay that knightly figure,
     One hand upon his sword,
The other pressed above his heart,
     A vow without a word!
Two laurel leaves had flutter'd down,
     For flowers their vigils keep,
And crown'd him, though, I think, they knew
     ‘Marse Robert was asleep!’

In glorious Old Westminster,
     No monument of war,
No marble story, half so grand
     As this, our army saw!
Our leafy Old Westminster—
     Virginia's woods—now keep
Immortal that low whisper,
     ‘Marse Robert is asleep!’

As we clasp hands, Old Blue Coat,
     List, Brother of the North,
Had Foreign foe assail'd your homes
     You then had known his worth!
Unbroken vigil o'er those homes
     It had been his to keep:
Step lightly o'er the border then,
     ‘Marse Robert is asleep!’

He's yours and mine, is Robert Lee,
     He's yours and mine, Hurrah!
These tears you shed have seal'd the past,
     And closed the wounds of war!
Thus clasping hands, Old Blue Coat,
     We'll swear by th' tears you weep,
The sounds of war shall be muffled—
     ‘Marse Robert is asleep!’

Richmond, Va., May, 1880.

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