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SONG FOR BATTLE. 249
See how the foeman's lines are swaying,
See how they waver left and right: Charge on, our captain's voice obeying, And put their breaking ranks to flight ! Chorus — Arise, arise, ye brave,
And take your swords in hand; March on, march on, resolved to sav) Our Union and our land !
See where our sacred flag is flying,
Each star and every stripe is there ; Oh, swear to guard it well, relying
Upon the cause that bids us swear. It guards us well on land and water,
And speaks a mighty Union's praise ; Defend it now 'mid smoke and slaughter,
Where bay'nets stab and muskets blaze. Arise, arise, ye brave, &c.
But is the strife of our beginning ?
And do we thirst for Southern blood ? Oh, no; when traitors cease from sinning -
We '11 clasp the South in brotherhood. Though now the battle-shouts are ringing,
And anger flames from every eye,