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THE SURRENDER AT APPOMATTOX [APRIL 9, 1865], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: As billows upon billows roll
Last Line: Lee.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Appomattox, Virginia; Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885); Lee, Robert Edward (1807-1870); United States - History


As billows upon billows roll,
On victory victory breaks;
Ere yet seven days from Richmond's fall
And crowning triumph wakes
The loud joy-gun, whose thunders run
By sea-shore, streams, and lakes.
The hope and great event agree
In the sword that Grant received from
Lee.

The warring eagles fold the wing,
But not in Caesar's sway;
Not Rome o'ercome by Roman arms we sing,
As on Pharsalia's day,
But Treason thrown, though a giant grown,
And Freedom's larger play.
All human tribes glad token see
In the close of the wars of Grant and
Lee.





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