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87. strike!

by Edward S. Ellis.
From New-England's granite mountains,
     From the North's resounding woods,
From the far West's flashing fountains,
     Pour the living human floods.

Onward sweeps the aroused nation,
     From the lakes and streams and sea;
Onward for their home's salvation,
     And the fight for liberty.

Deeds, not words, make men immortal
     In this grand, heroic age;
He who wills can ope the portal
     To a name on history's page.

Know ye not that revolutions
     Are the throes of struggling Right?
In these national ablutions
     It must triumph over Might.

What tough but a child in learning,
     When the war-note onward rolls,
While our country's fate is turning,
     'Tis not heads we need — but souls.

Some must make their names historic,
     Who, the future soon will tell;
Some must perform deeds heroic
     And the roll of glory swell.

Strike then for the truth eternal;
     Strike then, for the cause is just;
Strike then at the wrong infernal,
     Till it bites again the dust.

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