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Quick, as it fell, from the broken staff Dame Barbara snatched the silken scarf;
She leaned far out on the window-sill,
"Shoot, if you must, this old gray head, But spare your country's flag," she said.
A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,
The nobler nature within him stirred
"Who touches a hair of yon gray head Dies like a dog! March on!" he said.
All day long through Frederick street
All day long that free flag tost.
Ever its torn folds rose and fell
Barbara Frietchie's work is o'er,
Honor to her! and let a tear
Over Barbara Frietchie's grave,
Peace and order and beauty draw
And ever the stars above look down
ON HEARING THE BELLS RING FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ABOLISHING SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES.
ITiang of bell and roar of gun
Send the tidings up and down.
How the belfries rock and reel,
Ring, O bells!
Every stroke exulting tells
Loud and long, that all may hear,
Of Eternity and Time!
Let us kneel:
God's own voice is in that peal,
Lord, forgive us!
What are we,
For the Lord
On the whirlwind is abroad;
Loud and long
Lift the old exulting song,
He has cast the mighty down;
Did we dare,
Stretched as now beneath the sun!
How they pale,
Ancient myth, and song, and tale,
When the cruel rod of war
All within and all about
Freer breathe the universe
It is done!
In the circuit of the sun
It shall give the dumb a voice,
Ring and swing
Bells of joy! on morning's wing
With a sound of broken chains,
Cambridge: Electrotyped and Printed by Welch, Bigelow, & Co.
VOICES OF NATURE.
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT.
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY, 90, 92 & 94 GRAND ST.
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ENTERED, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, by
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
[These selections from the Poems of Mr. Bryant are made by the publishers to supply a popular demand for the rural poems in a single inexpensive volume.]