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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
War Song
By Thomas O. Folsom (1802–1827)
          IS it the welcome roar
          Of thundering signal gun?—
Hark! for the sound bursts through once more,
          Rending night’s robe of dun.
          It is the welcome sound,        5
          The joyous call to war,
For the near bugle screams around
          The cry to arms—hurrah!
          From beauty’s straining arms
          And banquet pleasures spring,        10
Bring out the trusty sword and steed,
          Our proud old banner bring;
          The drum is rolling loud,
          Clatters the ponderous car,
And mustering warriors onward crowd        15
          And blithely shout—hurrah!
          The early dawn shall glance
          On the long gleaming line,
Proudly the buoyant plume will dance,
          And burnish’d bayonet shine;        20
          The soldier’s heart will leap
          As trumpets ring afar,—
They summon him away to reap
          His wreaths of fame—hurrah!
          Lo! yonder comes the foe—        25
          Rush on with gun and glaive,
For freedom ’t is ye strike below
          The banner of the brave;
          On—on, until they fly,
          Their fiercest daring mar—        30
’T is well! fling down the brand and cry
          The victor shout—hurrah!

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