The Boy's Book of Battle-Lyrics; A Collection of Verses Illustrating Some Notable Events in the History of the United States of America, from the Colonial Period to the Outbreak of the Sectional War

The Boy's Book of Battle-Lyrics; A Collection of Verses Illustrating Some Notable Events in the History of the United States of America, from the Colonial Period to the Outbreak of the Sectional War

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... defy; In years a boy, I know, but then a man in heart am I; My country needs me in the fight--I cannot more than die. I come of Abner Manchester, who never knew a fear; And though as much as any one I hold my mother dear, I may not on this day of days remain a laggard here. To herd with women while the fight for freedom is unwon, While he has sight to mark a foe and strength to bear a gun, Suits not a stout Green Mountain Boy, nor yet my father's son." "If you will leave me here alone, so be it!" she replied; "But take yon firelock from the hooks--it was your father's pride--He bore it well against the French, nine years before he died--" As thus she spoke my mother's voice grew tremulous in tone--"And when you use it, lest your foe in lingering anguish moan, Sight at a point two fingers' length beneath the collar-bone. Now, go! my heart, as thus we part, thrills with a mother's pain; To save you from a single pang, its latest drop I'd drain; But--show the courage of your sire, or come not here again!" We started, six of us in all; we made to camp our way, And found the forces drawn in line, at two o'clock that day, In front of where, on Walloomscoick, intrenched the foemen lay. Bold Stark rode slowly down the ranks, with proud, uncovered head--So quiet we that on the turf we heard his horse's tread--And at the centre drew his rein, and these the words he said--"Boys! yonder are the red-coat troops, and, mark me every one, We win this fight for truth and right, before the day be done, Or Molly Stark's a widow at the setting of the sun!" Loud rang the cheering in reply, but through the ranks there ran A murmur, for they felt it long until the fight began, Although they knew the tardiness was from a...show more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236561872
  • 9781236561879