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 They loved us and laid down their lives,
What greater can men do?
This sentiment marble, reared with tears,
Shall tell to all the future years
They died for me and you.
Vibrating with the morning's beams
'Twill speak, in plaintive tone,
As Memnon's statue thrilled of old,
A witness if our hearts are cold,
Or we've unthankful grown.
A symbol 'tis of love to wreathe
With blossoms ev'ry spring.
An inspiration, for all high
And noble aims, to live and die
This monument shall bring.
A grand anthem by the chorus closed the ceremonies, and was followed by the benediction, pronounced by Rev. Nowell Logan. It was a glorious day for Vicksburg, one unmarred by any unpleasant incidents. Many of the visitors have already departed, and most of them will leave by the trains to-night.
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