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First Line: Not the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship to port
Last Line: For a battle-call, rousing to arms if need be, years, centuries hence.
Subject(s): American Civil War; United States - History


Not the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship into
port, though beaten back and many times baffled;
Not the pathfinder penetrating inland weary and long,
By deserts parch'd, snows chill'd, rivers wet, perseveres
till he reaches his destination,
More than I have charged myself, heeded or unheeded, to
compose a march for these States,
For a battle-call, rousing to arms if need be, years, centuries hence.





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