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First Line: I see before me now a travelling army halting
Last Line: Studded, breaking out, the eternal stars.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Army Life; Holidays; Memorial Day; United States - History; Drills & Minor Tactics; Declaration Day


I SEE before me now a travelling army halting,
Below a fertile valley spread, with barns and the orchards of summer,
Behind, the terraced sides of a mountain, abrupt, in places
rising high,
Broken, with rocks, with clinging cedars, with tall shapes
dingily seen,
The numerous camp-fires scattered near and far, some away
up on the mountain,
The shadowy forms of men and horses, looming, large-sized, flickering,
And over all the sky -- the sky! far, far out of reach,
studded, breaking out, the eternal stars.





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