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[314] And the songs, with waving wing,
     Fly far, float far away;
From the age's crest, o'er the world they fling
     The shade of the stainless gray.

Might, sing your triumph songs;
     Each song but sounds a shame.
Go, down the world in loud voice throngs
     To win from the future, Fame.

Our ballads born of tears
     Will track you on your way,
And win the hearts of future years
     For the men who wore the gray.

Davis wore the gray; since then
     'Tis Right's and Honor's hue.
He honored it, that man of men,
     And wrapped it 'round the true.

Dead, but his spirit breathes;
     Dead, but his heart is ours;
Dead, but his dear and sunny land wreathes
     His crown with tears for flowers.

A statue for his tomb
     Moulded of marble white;
For wrong a specter of Death and Doom;
     And angel of Hope for Right.

But Davis has a thousand graves
     In a thousand hearts, I ween,
And tear-drops fall from our eyes in waves
     That will keep his memory green.

Go, Glory, and forever guard
     Our chieftain's hallowed dust,
And Honor keep eternal ward,
     And, Fame, be this thy trust.


Governor Lowry followed in a graceful tribute to Jefferson Davis. This tribute was grandly eloquent, perfect in diction, and went to the hearts of the old veterans.

The benediction was pronounced by Chaplain H. F. Sproles.

The unveiling, and all ceremonies incident, passed off without a single unpropitious circumstance. The crowd that attended was by

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