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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
 
The Band in the Pines
By John Esten Cooke (1830–1886)
 
OH, band in the pine-wood cease!
  Cease with your splendid call;
The living are brave and noble,
  But the dead are bravest of all!
 
They throng to the martial summons,        5
  To the loud triumphant strain,
And the dear bright eyes of long dead friends
  Come to the heart again!
 
They come with the ringing bugle,
  And the deep drums’ mellow roar;        10
Till the soul is faint with longing
  For the hands we clasp no more!
 
Oh, band in the pine-wood cease!
  Or the heart will melt with tears,
For the gallant eyes and the smiling lips,        15
  And the voices of old years.

  After Pelham died.
 
 
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