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‘The sword of Lee.’

By Father A. J. Ryan.
Forth from its scabbard, pure and bright,
     Flashed the sword of Lee!
Far in the front of the deadly fight,
     High o'er the brave, in the cause of right,
Its stainless sheen, like a beacon-light,
     Led us to victory.

Out of its scabbard, where full long,
     It slumbered peacefully—
Roused from its rest by the battle-song,
     Shielding the feeble, smiting the strong,
Guarding the right, and avenging the wrong—
     Gleaned the sword of Lee!

Forth from its scabbard, high in air,
     Beneath Virginia's sky—
And they who saw it gleaming there,
     And knew who bore it, knelt to swear
That where that sword led they would dare
     To follow and to die.

Out of its scabbard! Never hand
     Waved sword from stain as free,
Nor purer sword led braver band,
     Nor braver bled for a brighter land,
Nor brighter land had a cause as grand,
     Nor cause, a chief like Lee!

Forth from it scabbard! how we prayed
     That sword might victor be!
And when our triumph was delayed,
     And many a heart grew sore afraid,
We still hoped on, while gleamed the blade
     Of Noble Robert Lee!

Forth from its scabbard! all in vain!
     Forth flashed the sword of Lee!
'Tis shrouded now in its sheath again,
     It sleeps the sleep of our noble slain,
Defeated, yet without a stain,
     Proudly and peacefully.

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