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     Lay aside your useless weapons; skill and prowess naught avail;
They who do the Devil's service wear their master's coat of mail!”

So the night grew near to cock-crow, when again a warning call
     Roused the score of weary soldiers watching round the dusky hall:
And they looked to flint and priming, and they longed for break of day;
     But the captain closed his Bible: ‘Let us cease from man, and pray!’

To the men who went before us, all the unseen powers seemed near,
     And their steadfast strength of courage struck its roots in holy fear.
Every hand forsook the musket, every head was bowed and bare,
     Every stout knee pressed the flag-stones, as the captain led in prayer.

Ceased thereat the mystic marching of the spectres round the wall,
     But a sound abhorred, unearthly, smote the ears and hearts of all,—
Howls of rage and shrieks of anguish! Never after mortal man
     Saw the ghostly leaguers marching round the block-house of Cape Ann.

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