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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
Appendix II. Poems Printed in the ‘Life of Whittier’
A Frémont Campaign Song
SOUND now the trumpet warningly!
  The storm is rolling nearer,
  The hour is striking clearer,
    In the dusky dome of sky.
If dark and wild the morning be,        5
  A darker morn before us
  Shall fling its shadows o’er us
    If we let the hour go by.
Sound we then the trumpet chorus!
  Sound the onset wild and high!        10
    Country and Liberty!
    Freedom and Victory!
  These words shall be our cry,—
    Frémont and Victory!
Sound, sound the trumpet fearlessly!        15
  Each arm its vigor lending,
  Bravely with wrong contending,
    And shouting Freedom’s cry!
The Kansas homes stand cheerlessly,
  The sky with flame is ruddy,        20
  The prairie turf is bloody,
    Where the brave and gentle die.
Sound the trumpet stern and steady!
  Sound the trumpet strong and high!
    Country and Liberty!        25
    Freedom and Victory!
  These words shall be our cry,—
    Frémont and Victory!
Sound now the trumpet cheerily!
  Nor dream of Heaven’s forsaking        30
  The issue of its making,
    That Right with Wrong must try.
The cloud that hung so drearily
  The Northern winds are breaking;
  The Northern Lights are shaking        35
    Their fire-flags in the sky.
Sound the signal of awaking;
  Sound the onset wild and high!
    Country and Liberty!
    Freedom and Victory!        40
  These words shall be our cry,—
    Frémont and Victory!

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