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A PAINTED PICTURE OF A SOUL.                         127
"March on, and you shall gain the victory� March on, and you shall gain the day."
"We want no cowards in our band,                                 '
We call for valiant hearted men�"                               !
"O brethren, rise, shine, give God the glory, For the year of Jubilee."
"Do you want to be a soldier, For the year of Jubilee?"
"Rise, shine, for thy light is a-coming."
"I intend to fight and never stop, Until I reach the mountain top."
"0, what do you say, brother? O, what do you say, brother, O, what do you say, brother, About this Gospel War?"
"I will die in the field, Stay in the field, Stay in the field, brother, Stay in the field, Until the War is ended."
"Fight," "battle," and "war" are important words in his vocabu�lary, and his record for courage shames him not. The slaves who faced perennial dangers while protecting inviolate the women, chil�dren, and homes of their absent masters; the multitudes of f reedmen who met and overcame unspeakable opposition during those dark, uncertain days following the Emancipation Proclamation; Crispus Attucks, in Boston, Massachusetts; Peter Salem, at Bunker Hill; the men who stood with Jackson at New Orleans; the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts which smiled at death before Fort Wagner; those black regiments who have hallowed the West, the Philippines, and the West Indies with their blood; and the millions in civil life who are forever contending in mortal combat with the hydra and the fiery dragon, attest the Negroes courage.
Great souls are souls of great faith. Great faith is a mighty weapon for fighting battles and winning victories. No faithless,