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72 ONLY NINE MILES TO THE JUNCTION
They gave us hot coffee, a grasp of the hand, Which cheered and refreshed our exhaustion,
We reached in six hours the long-promised land, For 't was " only nine miles to the Junction." Only nine miles, &c.
And now as we meet them on Washington's streets,
They always do hail us with unction, And still the old cry some one surely repeats,
" 'T was only nine miles to the Junction ! " Three cheers for the warm-hearted Rhode Island boys,
May each one be true to his function, And whene'er we meet, let us each other greet,
With " only nine miles from the Junction." Only nine miles, &c.
Nine cheers for the flag under which we will fight,
If the traitors should dare to assail it; One cheer for each mile we made on that night,
When 't was " only nine miles to the Junction." With hearts thus united — our breasts to the foe —
Once a^ain with delight we will hail it: If duty should call us, still onward we '11 go,
If even " nine miles to the Junction." Only nine miles, &c.