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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
Middle States: Trenton, N. J.
Battle of Trenton
ON Christmas-day in seventy-six,
Our ragged troops with bayonets fixed,
  For Trenton marched away.
The Delaware see! the boats below!
The light obscured by hail and snow!        5
  But no signs of dismay.
Our object was the Hessian band,
That dared invade fair freedom’s land,
  And quarter in that place.
Great Washington he led us on,        10
Whose streaming flag, in storm or sun,
  Had never known disgrace.
In silent march we passed the night,
Each soldier panting for the fight,
  Though quite benumbed with frost.        15
Greene, on the left, at six began,
The right was led by Sullivan,
  Who ne’er a moment lost.
Their pickets stormed, the alarm was spread,
That rebels risen from the dead        20
  Were marching into town.
Some scampered here, some scampered there,
And some for action did prepare;
  But soon their arms laid down.
Twelve hundred servile miscreants,        25
With all their colors, guns, and tents,
  Were trophies of the day.
The frolic o’er, the bright canteen
In centre, front, and rear was seen
  Driving fatigue away.        30
Now, brothers of the patriot bands,
Let ’s sing deliverance from the hands
  Of arbitrary sway.
And as our life is but a span,
Let ’s touch the tankard while we can,        35
  In memory of that day.

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