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Sleeping for the Flag

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Sleeping for the Flag
(Henry Clay Work)

When the boys come home in triumph, brother,
With the laurels they shall gain;
When we go to give them welcome, brother,
We shall look for you in vain.
We shall wait for your returning, brother,
You were set forever free;
For your comrades left you sleeping, brother,
Underneath a Southern tree.

cho: Sleeping to waken in this weary world no more;
     Sleeping for your true lov'd country, brother,
     Sleeping for the flag you bore.

You who were the first on duty, brother,
When "to arms" your leader cried,
You have left the ranks forever,
You have laid your arms aside,
From the awful scenes of battle, brother,
You were set forever free;
When your comrades left you sleeping, brother,
Underneath the Southern tree.

This was taken from "Poems and Songs of the Civil War, Lois Hill
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