Come gallant sons of noble sires, Whose bosoms glow with patriot fires; Whom love of fatherland inspires Come to the rescue, come! Your country calls you to her aid, She bids you draw your battle blade; In hireling gold you are not paid To fight for friends, and home.
The Southern heart base bribery spurns, From golds corrupting art it turns; Tis fired with country's love and burns To strike the invader down. Then to the front and meet the foe! Deal death at each avenging blow! Let all your vile traducers know You've won the victor's crown!
What if they come in vengeful ire To desolate with sword and fire; We'll force their millions to retire Before our trusty steel. Should tyrants on our homes intrude We'll stand again were [sic] once we stood, On fields with Southern gore imbued 'Mid battles rage and cannon's peal.
They come with numbers, pomp and might But we, though few, have God and Right, To vindicate our cause and fight, The battles of the free! For what are fifty thousand slaves, Matched to one arm that danger braves, In freedom's cause, defends and saves The boon of Liberty?
Southerns! the world looks on alone you stand, Defenders of your native land, Most noble spectacle and grand Avengers of the dead! Of those who met the hireling throng, (Proud in their might in numbers strong) And died to crush despotic wrong; Which love of plunder led.
March on, a God omnipotent and wise Rains on you victory from the skies; And all the powers of earth defies To harm whom He defends. The heavens will drop a radiant tear And smile upon the bright career; Of those whom God alone do fear Him who victory sends. Balt., Md., Oct., 1862. C.
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