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Beside the Kennebec
Printed in the New York Journal of Commerce. It was found in a scrap-book, made about 1861, in the Harris Collection, John Hay Library, Brown University. This song, obviously modern, refers to Benedict Arnold's Expedition against Quebec in the autumn of 1775.
1 They marched with Arnold at their head,
Our soldiers true and brave, To far off heights of Canada, By wood and rock and wave.
2 They left the scenes behind, perchance
They might not see again; The homesteads fair, the fields which smiled With autumn's ripened grain.
3 And forth they marched to meet the foe,
The invader's course to check, When the autumn leaves were brightening Along the Kennebec.
4 On through the deep and darkening wood,
Through bush and brake and brier, The wolf howl round their path by day, By night beyond their fire, —
5 Their camp-fire, where all travel-worn,
When fording lake and stream, Chilled with the wave, with hunger faint, They laid them down to dream