Studies In Folk-song And Popular Poetry

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was the " foemen " that they were to meet instead of the enemy, and "gore" instead of blood that was to be shed; and there was a great deal about the " clank of the tyrant's chain," and the " blood­stained sword," and such other fuliginous figures of speech. Sometimes there was a good deal of force behind this sounding rhetoric, as in Henry Timrod's A Call to Arms and in James R. Ran­dall's There's Life in the Old Land yet, but for the most part it had an air of bombast and tur-gidity, which would have given a false impres­sion in regard to the real spirit of determina­tion among the Southern people, if one had only judged by its inflated expression. The pages of the Southern Amaranth, and other collections of rebel poetry, give the impression of having been written by school-boys, and contain little but soph-omoric rhetoric of the most sounding and inflated description. That it had a fiery energy and an invincible determination behind it was abundantly shown, but the voice of the South in its polite liter­ature was one of inflated extravagance. Never­theless it produced the most manly and vigorous song of the whole war in Dr. J. W. Palmer's Stonewall Jackson's Way; and some verses ap­peared in a Richmond paper in 1861, entitled Call All, which have a fiery energy and directness un­surpassed, and were in the genuine language of the people: —
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