Studies In Folk-song And Popular Poetry

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50          FOLK-SONGS OF THE CIVIL WAR.
The " duvrier-estampeur " was sufficiently ener­getic, but his song never became the Franco-Amer­ican Marseillaise.
As the war dragged its slow length along, de­manding greater and greater sacrifices, and with its days of repulse and defeat for the Union armies, the feeling of universal enthusiasm gave way to discouragement, and there were not wanting in New York, among its heterogeneous population, elements of bitterness which culminated in the deadly and shameful outbreak of the draft riots. This feeling manifested itself in the street ballads, not so conspicuously as the previous enthusiasm, but enough to have attracted the attention of those who were watching the signs of popular feeling. " Copperheadism " had its bards as well as loyalty, although they were much fewer in number, and they cannot be omitted in an account of the folk­songs of the civil war. A rude jingle entitled Johnny, fill up the Bowl, gave the popular ex­pression to this feeling : —
Abram Lincoln, what yer 'bout ?
Hurrah, hurrah. Stop this war, for it's played out,
Hurrah, hurrah.
Abram Lincoln, what yer 'bout ? Stop this war, for it's played out.
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