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HALLOWED GROUND, by            
First Line: Oh, death, where is thy victory?' this plot
Last Line: She sanctified the spot there where she lay.

"Oh, Death, where is thy victory?" This plot
Marked firm by wagon rim speaks proudly here:
Observe this resting place of pioneer.
For right to worship as she chose, her lot
She cast with those who marked an epoch great,
Out west, where freedom with their lives could mate;
Made history in blood to seek their God,
And fell, like her, a parcel of the sod.

And when the great steel monster hewed its line
Across the mountainous range and desert drear,
Directly where warm rains and bright sunshine
Caressed the snow from lonely grave each year,
Great minds debated ... gave her "right-of-way."
She sanctified the spot there where she lay.

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