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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1678. A Good-By
By Ednah Proctor (Clarke) Hayes
THE WAKENING bugles cut the night:
  “To horse! To horse! Away!”
And thine the lips that bid me go,
  The eyes that bid me stay.
God make me blind for this one hour!        5
  God make me only hear
That hurrying drum,—that cry, “They come!”
  And thy “Good-by!” so near.
O eyes that hold me with your tears!
  Think not your prayers I spurn:        10
Eyes that must for a soldier dim,
  Not from a craven turn.
O lips that bid me forth to fight,
  I take your challenge—so!
Where red death waits without the gates,        15
  Thy knight, and God’s,—I go!


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