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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Popular Songs and Ballads of the Civil War: Northern II
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
By Charles Carroll Sawyer (b. 1833)
 
DEAREST love, do you remember
  When we last did meet,
How you told me that you loved me,
  Kneeling at my feet?
Oh, how proud you stood before me        5
  In your suit of blue,
When you vowed to me and country
  Ever to be true.
    Weeping, sad and lonely,
      Hopes and fears, how vain;        10
    Yet praying
      When this cruel war is over,
    Praying that we meet again.
 
When the summer breeze is sighing
  Mournfully along,        15
Or when autumn leaves are falling,
  Sadly breathes the song.
Oft in dreams I see you lying
  On the battle-plain,
Lonely, wounded, even dying,        20
  Calling, but in vain.
 
If, amid the din of battle,
  Nobly you should fall,
Far away from those who love you,
  None to hear you call,        25
Who would whisper words of comfort?
  Who would soothe your pain?
Ah, the many cruel fancies
  Ever in my brain!
 
But our country called you, darling,        30
  Angels cheer your way!
While our nation’s sons are fighting,
  We can only pray.
Nobly strike for God and liberty,
  Let all nations see        35
How we love the starry banner,
  Emblem of the free!
    Weeping, sad and lonely,
      Hopes and fears, how vain;
    Yet praying        40
      When this cruel war is over,
    Praying that we meet again.
 
 
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