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The author of these verses, Colonel David Humphreys,1 "the soldier-poet of the revolution," was born at Derby, Connecticut, in tho year 1752, and graduated at Yale College in 1771.
ON DISBANDING THE ARMY.2
Ye brave Columbian bands ! a long farewell! Well have ye fought for freedom—nobly done Your martial task—the meed immortal won— And Time's last records shall your triumphs tell.
Once friendship made their cup of suff'rings sweet— The dregs how bitter, now those bands must part ! Ah ! never, never more on earth to meet ; Distill'd from gall that inundates the heart, What tears from heroes eyes are seen to start! 17