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THE LAST BUGLE, by            
First Line: I have one fervent prayer
Last Line: When I drop out of file.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Maude
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The

I have one fervent prayer
That every day I pray ...
God grant that when my battle's o'er
And I my helmet lay
Aside, that I may fold my tent and slip
From life's worn fields away.

God grant the cares of age,
Its weakness and its fears,
May not be mine; that I may know
No fading, lingering years;
No letting up of my strong grasp,
No dull eyes blind with tears.

Today my heart beats brave,
And I life's march beguile
With onward, hopeful pace; the bugles play;
I glory in the march. Meanwhile,
I pray, let "boots and saddles" be the call
When I drop out of file.

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