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FORTITUDE OF THE NORTH UNDER THE DISASTER OF 2ND MANASSAS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: No shame they take for dark defeat
Last Line: When the livid antarctic storm-clouds glow.
Subject(s): American Civil War; Bull Run, Battles Of; U.s. - History; Manassas, Batlle Of


No shame they take for dark defeat
While prizing yet each victory won,
Who fight for the Right through all retreat,
Nor pause until their work is done.
The Cape-of-Storms is proof to every throe;
Vainly against that foreland beat
Wild winds aloft and wilder waves below:
The black cliffs gleam through rents in sleet
When the livid Antarctic storm-clouds glow.





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