Henry O'Meara Ballads of America

Decoration

RONDEAU ON U. S. GRANT

CHIEFTAIN gone! Your vital deeds remain,
Though stilled be vibrant pulse and war-stirred brain,
Hushed be the heart- the living spirit flown -
Our Union cleaves to your bond as her own -
Claims with a deathless grasp your life-wrought chain
Though past and crowned he***** internecine pain,
Its lingering impulse still her sons retain -
Into our lives has yours, great leader grown, O Chieftain gone!
Ever our memories glow your fire maintain,
Enkindling patriot potency again -
Never shall men, while name of Grant be known,
Despair of martial voice, of hero tone -
Invoke, 0 vanished chief, your spell in vain, O Chieftain gone!
Decoration
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