Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, OUR LEFT', by FRANCIS ORRERY TICKNOR



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First Line: From dawn to dark they stood
Last Line: "your all upon ""our left."
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bull Run, Battles Of; United States - History; Manassas, Batlle Of


FROM dawn to dark they stood
That long midsummer day,
While fierce and fast
The battle blast
Swept rank on rank away.

From dawn to dark they fought,
With legions torn and cleft;
And still the wide
Black battle tide
Poured deadlier on "Our Left."

They closed each ghastly gap;
They dressed each shattered rank;
They knew -- how well --
That freedom fell
With that exhausted flank.

"Oh, for a thousand men
Like these that melt away!"
And down they came,
With steel and flame,
Four thousand to the fray!

Right through the blackest cloud
Their lightning path they cleft;
And triumph came
With deathless fame
To our unconquered "Left."

Ye of your sons secure,
Ye of your dead bereft --
Honor the brave
Who died to save
Your all upon "Our Left."





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