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the brave young blood of that gallant lad, Worth Bagley, of the "Old North State," son, too, of an old Confederate soldier, cemented forever the reconciliation between the North and South.
And as in quick succession the names of Hobson and Blue and "Fighting" Joe Wheeler blazed in official despatches, the thunderous shouts of a reunited people drowned even the "ironthroated plaudits of the guns."
As Marshall Ney said when he saw the beardless young French conscripts rushing in all the joyous valor of their youth upon the Russian guns at Weissenfels: "C'est dans le sang! C'est dans le sang" ("It's in the blood! It's in the blood!").
Many of you, doubtless, traversing the noble hall of William Rufus, have entered the corridors of St. Stephen's, and there, glancing down the long line of gleaming statues, have paused to look upon the calm, majestic features of John Hampden, the most able and resolute man in the kingdom, who fell on the Parliamentarian side at Chalgrave Field-and, immediately opposite, upon the grave, romantic face of Lucius Carey, Lord Falkland, "that incomparable young man," as Clarendon calls him, who in the very flower of his young manhood gave his life for his king in that unhappy civil strife.
It may well be, that when this generation shall have passed away, and the motives and convictions of men shall be apprehended without passion, that the young American, treading some one of those stately avenues that lead to our national Capitol, shall pause opposite "the presentment" in bronze of Grant and of Sherman, to gaze upon the heroic figures of Lee and of Jackson.
God forbid that war, civil or foreign, should come again in this our time. He who has once seen the sufferings and sorrows and desolation that it brings to happy homes can never wish to see it again.
But should it come, men of the North and of the East and of the West-I speak for my people—that people who never yet faltered in half-way defiance to a foe or in half-way welcome to a friend-I speak for my people-ere the first call to arms of our common country shall have died upon the breeze, you shall hear the tramp of our legions as they wheel
into line to touch elbows with the stalwart sons of New England, eager to keep time with cadenced step to the music of the Union-aye, and to hedge round with stubborn steel the "Starry Banner," that symbolizes once more to us, as to you, the majesty of American citizenship and the indestructibility of Republican institutions.
REUNION OF THE VIRGINIA DIVISION OF THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA
HERE in this battle-drowned capital of our ancient Commonwealth, shall the men who wore the gray yearly gather and recall the names of those who went forth to battle at the bidding of Virginia-who now lie sleeping on the bosom of this Mother, that, not unmindful of their valor, not ungrateful for this filial devotion, shall keep forever bright the splendor of their deeds, "till earth, and seas, and skies are rended."
No "Painted Porch" is hers, like that of Athens, where, for half a thousand years, the descendants of the men who had followed Miltiades to victory might trace the glories of their Marathon-no gleaming Chapelle des Invalides, with the light flaming through gorgeous windows on tattered flags of battle
-no grand historic Abbey, like that of England, where hard by the last resting-place of her princes and her kings sleep the great soldiers who have writ glorious names high upon their country's roll with the point of their stainless swords.
Nay, none of this is hers.
Only the frosty stars to-night keep solemn watch and ward above the wind-swept graves of those who, from Potomac to James, from Rapidan to Appomattox, yielded up their lives that they might transmit to their children the heritage of their fathers.
Pondering in her heart all their deeds and words, Virginia calls us, her surviving sons, "from weak regrets and womanish laments to the contemplation of their virtues," bidding us, in the noble words of Tacitus, to "honor them not so much. with transitory praises as with our reverence, and, if our powers permit us, with our emulation."
Reminding her children, who were faithful to her in war,
that "the reward of one duty is the power to fulfil another," she points to the tasks left unfinished when the "nerveless hands drooped over the spotless shields," and with imperious love claims a fealty no less devoted in these days of peace.
I claim no vision of seer or prophet, yet I fancy that even now I descry the faint dawn of that day, which thousands. wait on with expectant eyes; when all this land, still the fairest on the globe-this land, which has known so long what old Isaiah termed the "dimness of anguish"-shall grow glad again in the broad sunlight of prosperity, and when from Alleghany to Chesapeake shall resound the hum and stir of busy life; when yonder noble roadstead, where our ironclad Virginia revolutionized the naval tactics of two continents, shall be whitened by many a foreign sail, and you, her children, shall tunnel those grand and hoary mountains, whose every pass Lee and "Old Stonewall" have made forever historic by matchless skill and daring. Thus, comrades, assured of her heroic Past, stirred by the great hope for her Future, may we tonight re-echo the cry of Richmond on Bosworth Field: Now civil wounds are stopped, peace lives again; That she may long live here, God say amen!
DREAMING IN THE TRENCHES*
I picture her there in the quaint old room,
Where the fading fire-light starts and falls,
With the shadows that dance on the dim-lit walls.
Alone, while those faces look silently down
From their antique frames in a grim repose-
And stanch Sir Alan, who died for Montrose.†
There are gallants gay in crimson and gold,
There are smiling beauties with powdered hair,
Leaning dreamily back in her low arm-chair.
*Petersburg Trenches, 1864.
James Graham, Marquis of Montrose (1612-1650), the poet, and great soldier and supporter of Charles I.
And the roseate shadows of fading light
Softly clear steal over the sweet young face, Where a woman's tenderness blends to-night With the guileless pride of a knightly race.
Her small hands lie clasped in a listless way
On the old Romance-which she holds on her kneeOf Tristam, the bravest of knights in the fray, And Iseult, who waits by the sounding sea.
And her proud, dark eyes wear a softened look
What fancies I wonder are thronging her brain, For her cheeks flush warm with a crimson glow! Perhaps ah! me, how foolish and vain!
But I'd give my life to believe it so!
Well, whether I ever march home again
CHRISTMAS NIGHT OF '62
The snow is falling overhead;
Dim forms go flitting through the gloom;
My sabre swinging overhead
Gleams in the watch-fire's fitful glow, While fiercely drives the blinding snow, And memory leads me to the dead.
My thoughts go wandering to and fro,
And sweetly from the far off years.
Comes borne the laughter faint and low,
I feel again the mother-kiss,
I see again the glad surprise
As, rushing from the old hall-door,
She fondly clasped her wayward boy—
My sabre swinging on the bough
Gleams in the watch-fire's fitful glow, While fiercely drives the blinding snow Aslant upon my saddened brow.
Those cheerful faces all are gone!
There's not a comrade here to-night
But knows that loved ones far away On bended knees this night will pray: "God bring our darling from the fight."
But there are none to wish me back,
For me no yearning prayers arise.
The lips are mute and closed the eyesMy home is in the bivouac.
In the Army of Northern Virginia.