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He passes the fountain, the blasted pine tree
The footstep is lagging and weary; Yet onward he goes, through the broad belt of light,
Toward the shades of the forest so dreary.
Was it moonlight so wondrously flashing ?
And the life-blood is ebbing and plashing.
All quiet along the Potomac to-night,
No sound save the rush of the river;
ETHEL LYNN BEERS.
Alas! the weary hours pass slow,
I hear the bearded whippoorwill.
My ears are strained to catch each sound;
And the spring's bubbling through the ground.
Along the beaten path I pace,
Where white rags mark my sentry's track;
The foeman's form, with bending back;
I stop and list-I stoop and peer,
To groups of soldiers far and near.
With ready piece I wait and watch,
Until my eyes, familiar grown,
SHERMAN'S MARCH TO THE SEA.
Detect each harmless earthen notch,
And turn guerillas into stone; And then amid the lonely gloom,
Beneath the tall old chestnut trees, My silent marches I resume,
And think of other times tha these.
“Halt! who goes there?” my challenge cry,
It rings along the watchful line;
The corporal gives the mystic spell;
Then onward pass, and all is well.
But in the tent that night awake,
I ask, if in the fray I fall,
When the angelic sentries call ?
Where'er I go, what fate be mine,
Sherman's March to the Sea.
Our camp-fires shone bright on the mountain
That frowned on the river below,
And eagerly watched for the foe;
That hung over mountain and tree, And shouted, “Boys, up and be ready !
For Sherman will march to the sea!”
Then cheer upon cheer for bold Sherman
Went up from each valley and glen, And the bugles re-echoed the music
That came from the lips of the men; For we knew that the stars in our banner
More bright in their splendor would be, And that blessings from Northland would greet us,
When Sherman marched down to the sea.
Then forward, boys! forward to battle!
We marched on our wearisome way, We stormed the wild hills of Resaca
God bless those who fell on that day!
Frowned down on the flag of the free;
And Sherman marched on to the sea.
Still onward we pressed, till our banners
Swept out from Atlanta's grim walls, And the blood of the patriot dampened
The soil where the traitor-flag falls ;
Who slept by each river and tree,
As Sherman marched down to the sea.
Oh, proud was our army that morning,
That stood where the pine darkly towers, When Sherman said, “ Boys, you are weary,
But to-day fair Savannah is ours !"
That echoed o'er river and lea,
SAMUEL H. M. BYERS. DRIVING HOME THE COWS.
Driving Home the Cows.
Out of the clover and blue-eyed grass
He turned them into the river-lane; One after another he let them pass,
Then fastened the meadow bars again. Under the willows, and over the hill,
He patiently followed their sober pace; The merry whistle for once was still,
And something shadowed the sunny face.
Only a boy! and his father had said
He never could let his youngest go; Two already were lying dead
Under the feet of the trampling foe.
But after the evening work was done,
And the frogs were loud in the meadow-swamp, Over his shoulder he slung his gun
And stealthily followed the foot-path damp,
Across the clover and through the wheat
With resolute heart and purpose grim, Though cold was the dew on his hurrying feet,
And the blind bat’s flitting startled him.
Thrice since then had the lanes been white,
And the orchards sweet with apple-bloom; And now, when the cows came back at night,
The feeble father drove them home.
For news had come to the lonely farm
That three were lying where two had lain; And the old man's tremulous, palsied arm
Could never lean on a son's again. The summer day grew cool and late,
He went for the cows when the work was done; But down the lane, as he opened the gate,
He saw them coming one by one,
Brindle, Ebony, Speckle, and Bess,
Shaking their horns in the evening wind; Cropping the buttercups out of the grass,
But who was it following close behind ?
Loosely swung in the idle air
The empty sleeve of army blue;
Looked out a face that the father knew.
For Southern prisons will sometimes yawn,
And yield their dead unto life again;
In golden glory at last may wane.
The great tears sprang to their meeting eyes;
For the heart must speak when the lips are dumb;
KATE PUTNAM OSGOOD.
And there they sat, a-popping corn,
John Styles and Susan CutterJohn Styles as fat as any ox,
And Susan fat as butter.
And there they sat and shelled the corn,
And raked and stirred the fire,
And hitched their chairs up nigher.
Then Susan she the popper shook,
Then John he shook the popper,