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A great hot plain from sea to mountain spread,

Through it a level river slowly drawn;
He moved with a vast crowd, and at its head

Streamed banners like the dawn.

There came a blinding flash, a deafening roar,

And dissonant cries of triumph and dismay;
Blood trickled down the river's reedy shore,

And with the dead he lay.

The morn broke in upon his solemn dreams,

And still with steady pulse and deepening eye, "Where bugles call,” he said, “and rifles gleam,

I follow, though I die!"

Wise youth! By few is glory's wreath attained;

But death, or late or soon, awaiteth all,
To fight in Freedom's cause is something gained, —

And nothing lost to fall.



The heart swells with unwonted emotion when we remember our sons and brothers, whose constant valor has sustained on the field the cause of our country, of civilization, and liberty. On the ocean, on the rivers, on the land, on the heights where they thundered down from the clouds of Lookout Mountain the defiance of the skies, they have graven with their swords a record imperishable.

The Muse herself demands the lapse of silent years to soften, by the influence of time, her too keen and poignant realization of the scenes of War,—the pathos, the heroism, the fierce joy, the grief of battle. But during the ages to come she will brood over their memory. Into the hearts of her consecrated priests she will breathe the inspirations of lofty and undying beauty, sublimity, and truth, in all the glowing forms of speech, of literature, and plastic art. By the homely traditions of the fireside, by the headstones in the churchyard consecrated to those whose forms repose far off in rude graves, or sleep beneath the sea, embalmed in the memories of succeeding generations of parents and children, the heroic dead will live on in immortal youth.

The bell which rang out the Declaration of Independence has found at last a voice articulate, to “proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." It has been heard across oceans, and has modified the sentiments of cabinets and kings. The people of the Old World have heard it, and their hearts stop to catch the last whisper of its echoes. The poor slave has heard it; and with bounding joy, tempered by the mystery of religion, he worships and adores. The waiting continent has heard it, and already foresees the fulfilled prophecy, when she will sit

redeemed, regenerated, and disenthralled by the irresistible Genius of Universal Emancipation.”



Come up from the fields, father, here's a letter from

our Pete, And come to the front door, mother, here's a letter

from thy dear son.

Lo, 'tis autumn,
Lo, where the trees, deeper green, yellower and redder,
Cool and sweeten Ohio's villages with leaves Autter-

ing in the moderate wind, Where apples ripe in the orchards hang and grapes

on the trellis'd vines, (Smell you the smell of the grapes on the vines ? Smell you the buckwheat where the bees were lately

buzzing ?)

Above all, lo, the sky so calm, so transparent after

the rain, and with wondrous clouds, Below too, all calm, all vital and beautiful and the

farm prospers well.

Down in the fields all prospers well,
But now from the fields come, father, come at the

daughter's call, And come to the entry, mother, to the front door come

right away. * By permission of the publisher, David McKay, Philadelphia.

Fast as she can she hurries, something ominous, her

steps trembling,
She does not tarry to smooth her hair nor adjust her

Open the envelope quickly,
O this is not our son's writing, yet his name is sign'd,
O a strange hand writes for our dear son, O stricken

mother's soul!
All swims before her eyes, flashes with black, she

catches the main words only, Sentences broken, gunshot wound in the breast, cav

alry skirmish, taken to hospital, At present low, but will soon be better.


Ah now the single figure to me,
Amid all teeming and wealthy Ohio with all its cities

and farms,
Sickly white in the face and dull in the head, very

faint, By the jamb of a door leans.

Grieve not so, dear mother (the just-grown daughter

speaks through her sobs, The little sisters huddle around speechless and dis

may'd,) See, dearest mother, the letter says Pete will soon be


Alas poor boy, he will never be better, (nor may be

needs to be better, that brave and simple soul,) While they stand at home at the door he is dead al

ready, The only son is dead.

But the mother needs to be better,
She with thin form presently drest in black,
By day her meals untouch'd, then at night fitfully

sleeping, often waking, In the midnight waking, weeping, longing with one

deep longing, O that she might withdraw unnoticed, silent from

life escape and withdraw, To follow, to seek, to be with her dear dead son.



Father! whose hard and cruel law

Is part of thy compassion's plan,

Thy works presumptuously we scan
For what the prophets say they saw.

Unbidden still, the awful slope

Walling us in, we climb to gain

Assurance of the shining plain
That faith has certified to hope.

In vain : beyond the circling hill

The shadow and the cloud abide ;

Subdue the doubt, our spirits guide
To trust the Record and be still;

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