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246 The National Music of America.
And Gen. Albert Pike tried to make " Dixie " serious with
" Southrons, hear your country call you ! Up, lest worse than Death befall you ! To arms ! To arms ! To arms in Dixie ! Lo ! all the beacon fires are lighted; Let all hearts be now united. To arms ! To arms ! To arms in Dixie ! Advance the flag of Dixie !
Hurrah! Hurrah! For Dixie's land we take our stand, And live or die for Dixie !
To arms ! To arms! And conquer peace for Dixie."
Brilliant and spirited poems both, but try to sing the first lines only, to the dance­like themes, and the impossibility of wed­ding fiery words with jolly music will be plainly sensed.
"Dixie" was written as a "walk-around," by Dan Emmett (born in Ohio in 1815), and was first sung at Dan Bryant's Min­strel Show on Broadway, in New York, a year or two before the war. The writer of
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