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First Line: Harp of the west! That long hath silent hung
Last Line: The muse may add a laurel to the brave.
Subject(s): Graves; Muses; Singing & Singers; War; Tombs; Tombstones; Songs

Harp of the west! that long hath silent hung,
Attune thy notes to strain as yet unsung!
The page historic now will be our theme;
The war's dread clamor and the battle's gleam.
Of him we sing -- the worthy volunteer,
That meets the foe, devoid of every fear.
Of her we sing -- that saw her country's cause
Above all else, while true to nature's laws.
We sing the charging host, the dying groan;
The tears of sorrow and the distant moan.
We sing the captive, firm in prison hold;
The fearless maid's adventures manifold:
The lost one found in hostile land afar;
The happy union in the storm of war;
The safe return from every danger free,
To join the choral shout of victory.
Attractive theme! Auspicious Muse, prolong
The flowing verse! Inspire a worthy song!
The lines may then beguile the weary hour;
The stanzas lend a charm to lonely bower:
The lyre may soothe our sorrows o'er the grave;
The Muse may add a laurel to the brave.

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