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And, through the hill-gaps, sunset light
Shone over it with a warm good-night.

Barbara Frietchie's work is o'er,
And the rebel rides on his raids no more.

Honor to her! and let a tear
Fall, for her sake, on Stonewall's bier.

Over Barbara Frietchie's grave,
Flag of Freedom and Union, wave!

Peace and order and beauty draw
Round thy symbol of light and law;

And ever the stars above look down
On thy stars below in Frederick town.

An Incident of the War.

(EXTRACT FROM MR. MURDOCH'S LECTURES.) “THE Sleeping Sentine! is not alone a poem : it is an animated pageant, a series of events and incidents grouped in actual existence, moving and glowing with all the spirit of life and truth. We see, and weep for, the boy soldier Scott. We behold and mourn with his sorrow-stricken parents. How entirely do we sympathize with that soul, crushed by the weight of shame and dishonor, but not shaken by the terrors of death! We become conscious of the restless midnight step of our kind-hearted President, who, in his solitary chamber, walks pondering on the necessity of discipline and example, and the offices of gentle and lifegiving mercy. How human, too, is the shout, in which we

join, to hail the coming of the glad tidings brought in the spirit of the Saviour's errand !

Without the ability or will to criticize the poet and his numbers, I simply say, I love the poem and delight in the movement of the verse. The opening words always call to my mind those peculiar and impressive lines of Dr. Holmes, addressed by the Puritan father to his son :-“Come hither, "God be glorified, and sit upon my knee;" not that there is any similarity in construction or sentiment, but for the savor of the old ballad-opening which hangs about them,the old legendary bell-tone, which, like the Sabbath-tolling, seems to ring out,

Come, all ye toiling people, round,

And unto me give ear.” Old times and old themes come forth from the mould and the dust of the past, to sun themselves in the glow of the present, when such key-notes are sounded; under their genial influence, we are moulded and impressed with the true seal of Romance and Poetry, and, like Desdemona, with a greedy.ear-we “devour up” the measured story.

As an illustration of this tendency of the popular heart to throb with the passion of storied verse, let me say, I have seen a thousand faces, over which were alternating the varying emotions of pride, joy, pity, and defiance, as the lookers-on sat in groups or circles on a barren hill-side (while the rebels were bombarding Chattanooga), silent and absorbed, listening to my recital of heroism, suffering, and devotion as portrayed in the ballads and lyrics of my favorite war-poets, who have sung so feelingly and fittingly of the soldier's deeds. Indeed, the attention and interest · have been so profound that it might scarcely be disturbed even by the dull boom of an occasional shell bursting in the mid-air a little nearer the audience" than the usual harmless range of Bragg's " Lookout” batteries. The tears, as they trickled down the cheeks of age and youth alike,officers and men,-and then the shouts and cheers that would in turn burst forth as freely and unrestrainedly, all gave truthful evidence of the strong grasp fixed by the narrative and the verse on the heart and the imagination of the soldier.

Under such and other circumstances of an equally exciting character the listeners never tired of hearing “The Oath,” “On Board the Cumberland, “The Sleeping Sentinel," and other poems by the same authors, many of which I have recited to citizens and soldiers, in large assemblies, amounting in the aggregate to over a hundred thousand persons. Such poems cannot fail to excite and develop all the gentle emotions of our nature, whenever read or recited. At the same time, they are calculated to fan the fire of patriotism in every loyal breast into a fiercer flame. They purify and elevate our moral nature, making us better and happier, casting round the social circle, the firesidegroup, and the camp-gathering, a mantle of human sympathy and love. Truly, the poet's mission is

To wake the soul by tender strokes of art,

To raise the genius, and to mend the heart." I had the pleasure of reading this beautiful and touching poem, for the first time, to Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, and a select party of their friends, at the White House, by invi. tation of Senator Foot, of Vermont, who took a great interest in the poem, not only for its high excellence, but also on account of young Scott being from his native State.

Its second reading was in the Senate-chamber of the United States, which was appropriated for the purpose, the proceeds being for the aid of our sick and wounded soldiers.

The Sleeping Sentinel.






The incidents here woven into verse relate to William Scott, a young soldier from the State of Vermont, who, while on duty as a sentinel at night, fell asleep, and, having been condemned to die, was pardoned by the President. They form a brief record of his humble life at home and in the field, and of his glorious death.

The quality of mercy is not strain'd;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath : it is twice bless'd;
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes :
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The thronéd monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway,
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's.
When mercy seasons justice."-SHAKSPEARE.

The Sleeping Sentinel.

'Twas in the sultry summer-time, as War's red records show, When patriot armies rose to meet a fratricidal foeWhen, from the North, and East, and West, like the upheav

ing sea, Swept forth Columbia's sons, to make our country truly free.

Within a prison's dismal walls, where shadows veil'd decay-
In fetters, on a heap of straw, a youthful soldier lay:
Heart-broken, hopeless, and forlorn, with short and feverish

He waited but the appointed hour to die a culprit's death.

Yet, but a few brief weeks before, untroubled with a care,
He roam'd at will, and freely drew his native mountain air-
Where sparkling streams leap mossy rocks, from many a wood-

land font, And waving elms, and grassy slopes, give beauty to Vermont !

Where, dwelling in an humble cot, a tiller of the soil,
Encircled by a mother's love, he shared a father's toil-
Till, borne upon the wailing winds, his suffering country's

cry Fired his young heart with fervent zeal, for her to live or die.

Then left he all:-a few fond tears, by firmness half conceal'd,
A blessing, and a parting prayer, and he was in the field-
The field of strife, whose dews are blood, whose breezes War's

hot breath, Whose fruits are garner'd in the grave, whose husbandman is


Without a murmur, he endured a service new and hard ;
But, wearied with a toilsome march, it chanced one night, on

guard, He sank, exhausted, at his post, and the gray morning found His prostrate form-a sentinel, asleep, upon the ground !

So, in the silence of the night, aweary,on the sod,
Sank the disciples, watching near the suffering Son of God;-
Yet, Jesus, with compassion moved, beheld their heavy eyes,
And, though betray'd to ruthless foes, forgiving, bade them

rise !

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