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THE MASSACHUSETTS LINE.
THE MASSACHUSETTS LINE.
BY ROBERT LOWELL.
Air " Yankee Doodle."
I.
STILL first, as long and long ago,
Let Massachusetts muster ; Give her the post right next the foe;
Be sure that you may trust her. She was the first to give her blood
For Freedom and for Honor; She trod her soil to crimson mud :
God's blessing be upon her !
ii.
She never faltered for the Right,
Nor ever will hereafter ; Fling up her name with all your might,
Shake roof-tree and shake rafter. But of old deeds she need not brag,
How she broke sword and fetter ; Fling out again the old striped flag!
She '11 do yet more and better. 5