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First Line: Our bugles sang truce, - for the night-cloud had lowered
Last Line: And the voice in my dreaming ear melted away.
Subject(s): Dreams; Home; Soldiers; War; Nightmares

OUR bugles sang truce, -- for the night-cloud had
And the sentinel stars set their watch in the
And thousands had sunk on the ground over-
The weary to sleep, and the wounded to die.
When reposing that night on my pallet of straw.
By the wolf-scaring fagot that guarded the
At the dead of the night a sweet vision I saw,
And thrice ere the morning I dreamt it again.
Methought from the battle-field's dreadful array,
Far, far I had roamed on a desolate track:
'T was autumn, -- and sunshine arose on the way
To the home of my fathers, that welcomed me
I flew to the pleasant flelds traversed so oft
In life's morning march, when my bosom was
I heard my own mountain-goats bleating aloft,
And knew the sweet strain that the corn reapers
Then pledged we the wine-cup, and fondly I
From my home and my weeping friends never
to part;
My little ones kissed me a thousand times o'er,
And my wife sobbed aloud in her fulness of
"Stay, stay with us, -- rest, thou art weary and
And fain was their war-broken soldier to
stay; --
But sorrow returned with the dawning of morn,
And the voice in my dreaming ear melted away.

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