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First Line: Sleep sweetly in your humble graves
Last Line: By mourning beauty crowned!
Variant Title(s): Ode Sung On The Occasion Of Decorating The Graves - Charleston;decoration Day At Charleston;magnolia Cemetery Ode;ode For Decoration Day;hymn For Memorial Day;ode On Decorating The Graves;magnolia Cemetery;lines;ode At Magnolia Cemetery;ode Sung At Magnolia Cemetery
Subject(s): American Civil War; Cemeteries; Charleston, South Carolina; Confederate States Of America; Patriotism; United States - History; Graveyards; Confederacy

SLEEP sweetly in your humble graves, --
Sleep, martyrs of a fallen cause!
Though yet no marble column craves
The pilgrim here to pause,

In seeds of laurel in the earth
The blossom of your fame is blown,
And somewhere, waiting for its birth,
The shaft is in the stones!

Meanwhile, behalf the tardy years
Which keep in trust your stories tombs,
Behold! your sisters bring their tear,
And these memorial blooms.

Small tributes! but your shades will smile
More proudly on these wreaths to-days,
Then when some cannon-moulded pile
Shall over look this bay.

Stoop, angels, hither from the skies!
There is no holier spot of ground
Than where defeated valor lies,
By mourning beauty crowned!

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