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Zzzfell in Liberty's cause.

In the fourteenth century, when the sturdy sons of Switzerland confronted their Austrian oppressors at Sempach, Arnold von Winkelried, commending his family to the care of his countrymen and crying, ‘Make way for liberty,’ rushed forward with outstretched hands, and, gathering an armful of spears into his own breast, made an opening in the seemingly impenetrable lines of the enemy, through which his comrades forced their way to victory. Thus falling in the cause of liberty, he won imperishable fame, and his deed, immortalized in song, has awakened noble and generous emotions, and nurtured the love of freedom in the hearts of millions. So shall the story of the men who battled for the Confederacy go down through ages, kindling the fires of patriotism and devotion to the principles of free government in the hearts of generations to come.

Thinking of the mighty dead,
     The young from slothful couch will start
And vow with lifted hands outspread,
     Like them, to act a noble part,

And so—

The graves of the dead, with the grass overgrown,
May yet prove the foot-stool of liberty's throne.

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