Southern War Songs Camp-Fire, Patriotic & Sentimental

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BATTLE SONG.
Have you counted up the cost ? What is gained and what is lost— When the foe your lines have crossed ?
Gained—the infamy of fame? Gained—a dastard's spotted name ; Gained—eternity of shame.
Lost—desert of manly Worth; Lost—the right you had by birth ; Lost—lost! Freedom from the earth!
Freemen, up! the foe is nearing! Haughty banners high uprearing— Lo! their serried ranks appearing!
Freemen, on ! the drums are beating! Will you shrink from such a meeting ? Forward ! give them hero greeting !
From your hearts, and homes, and altars, Backward hurl your proud assaulters— He is not a man that falters !
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