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The Obsequies of Stuart.
We could not pause, while yet the noontide air
Shook with the cannonade's incessant pealing, The funeral pageant fitly to prepare
A nation's grief revealing.
The smoke, above the glimmering woodland wide
That skirts our southward border, in its beauty, Marked where our heroes stood and fought and died
For love and faith and duty.
And still, what time the doubtful strife went on,
We might not find expression for our sorrow; We could but lay our dear, dumb warrior down,
And gird us for the morrow.
One weary year agone, when came a lull,
With victory, in the conflict's stormy closes, When the glad Spring, all flushed and beautiful,
First mocked us with her roses
With dirge and bell and minute gun, we paid
Some few poor rites-an inexpressive token Of a great people's pain--to Jackson's shade,
In agony unspoken.
No wailing trumpet and no tolling bell,
No cannon, save the battle's boom receding, When Stuart to the grave we bore might tell,
With hearts all crushed and bleeding.
The crisis suited not with pomp, and she,
secration, Had wished his Christian obsequies should be
Thus void of ostentation.
Only the maidens came, sweet flow’rs to twine
Above his form so still and cold and painless, Whose deeds upon our brightest record shine,
Whose life and sword were stainless.
They well remembered how he loved to dash
Into the fight, festooned from summer bowers; How like a fountain's spray his sabre's flash
Leaped from a mass of flowers.
And so we carried to his place of rest
All that of our great Paladin was mortal; The cross, and not the sabre, on his breast,
That opes the heavenly portal.
No more of tribute might to us remain
But there will come a time when Freedom's martyrs A richer guerdon of renown shall gain,
Than gleams in stars and garters.
I claim no prophet's vision, but I see
And strong and self-existent.
I hear from out that sunlit land, which lies
Beyond these clouds that gather darkly o'er us, The happy sounds of industry arise
In swelling, peaceful chorus.
And, mingling with these sounds, the glad acclaim
Of millions, undisturbed by war's afflictions, Crowning each martyr's never-dying name
With grateful benedictions.
In some fair future garden of delights,
In living bronze and marble :
And none of all that bright, heroic throng,
Shall wear to far-off time a semblance granderShall still be decked with fresher wreaths of song,
Than this beloved commander.
The Spanish legend tells us of the Cid,
That after death he rode erect, sedately, Along his lines, even as in life he did,
In presence yet more stately:
And thus our STUART, at this moment, seems
To ride out of our dark and troubled story Into the region of romance and dreams,
A realm of light and glory
And sometimes, when the silver bugles blow,
That ghostly form, in battle re-appearing, Shall lead his horsemen headlong on the foe,
In victory careering!
Is there any News of the üdar ?
“ Is there any news of the war ?" she said. “Only a list of the wounded and dead," Was the man's reply, without raising his eye To the face of the woman standing by. “ 'Tis the very thing I wish,” she said, “Read me a list of the wounded and dead."
He read her the list; 'twas a long array Of the wounded and slain on that fatal day. In the very midst was a pause, to tell Of a gallant youth who fought so well, That his comrades asked, “Who is he, pray?” " The only son of the Widow Gray,"
Was the proud reply of his Captain nigh.
“Well, well, read on. Is he wounded ?-quick !