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As the gulf waves rushing- shoreward,
Break in music echoes grand, Alabama sends this greeting,
Proudly to her sister band. This her ultimatum, burning,
In each heart of Southern flame, Peace, if gained not by dishonor,
But far better war than shame.
Let the " Northern Lion " couchant,
On his bleak and froze plain, Lift his shaggy front in wonder,
And defiant shake his mane. Sunward soars the mighty eagle,
And where blossom brighter bowers, Than amid the green savannahs
Of this sunny land of ours.
And her sons will rise in legions,
Bleed and die at her behest, Ere a hostile Northern footstep
Trample, conqueror, on her breast. This the faith she plights her sisters,
In this glorious Southern band, Side by side she will be with them,
Heart with heart, and hand to hand.