Xariffa's Poems

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J.B. Lippincott & Company, 1873 - 270 pages
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Page 264 - I saw the toad and scaly snake From tangled covert start, And hide themselves among the weeds Above the dead man's heart; But undisturbed, in sleep profound, Unheeding, there he lay; His coffin but the mountain soil, His shroud Confederate gray. I heard the Shenandoah roll Along the vale below, I saw the Alleghanies rise Towards the realms of snow. The " Valley Campaign " rose to mindIts leader's name — and then I knew the sleeper had been one Of Stonewall Jackson's men.
Page 226 - I believe if I were dead And you upon my lifeless heart sho.uld tread, Not knowing what the poor clod chanced to be, It would find sudden pulse beneath the touch Of him it ever loved in life so much, And throb again — warm, tender, true to thee.
Page 264 - Valley Campaign" rose to mind — Its leader's name — and then I knew the sleeper had been one Of Stonewall Jackson's men. Yet whence he came, what lip shall say— Whose tongue will ever tell What desolated hearths and hearts Have been because he fell? What sad-eyed maiden braids her hair, Her hair which he held dear? One lock of which perchance lies with The Georgia Volunteer? What mother, with long watching eyes, And white lips cold and dumb, Waits with appalling patience for Her darling boy...
Page 227 - I believe if I should fade Into those mystic realms where light is made, And you should long once more my face to see, I would come forth upon the hills of night And gather stars, like fagots, till thy sight, Led by their beacon blaze, fell full on me...
Page 265 - A Georgia Volunteer. He sleeps — what need to question now If he were wrong or right? He knows, ere this, whose cause was just In God the Father's sight. He wields no warlike weapons now, Returns no foeman's thrust — Who but a coward would revile An honest soldier's dust? Roll, Shenandoah, proudly roll, Adown thy rocky glen, Above thee lies the grave of one Of Stonewall Jackson's men. Beneath the cedar and the pine, In solitude austere, Unknown, unnamed, forgotten, lies A Georgia Volunteer...
Page 264 - From tangled covert start, And hide themselves among the weeds Above the dead man's heart; But undisturbed, in sleep profound, Unheeding, there he lay; His coffin but the mountain soil, His shroud Confederate gray. I heard the Shenandoah roll Along the vale below, I saw the Alleghanies rise Towards the realms of snow. The " Valley Campaign " rose to mind — Its leader's name — and then I knew the sleeper had been one Of Stonewall Jackson's men. Yet whence he came, what lip shall say — Whose...
Page 226 - I lie Cold, dead, and dumb to all the world contains, The folded orbs would open at thy breath, And, from its exile in the isles of death, Life would come gladly back along my veins.
Page 255 - Slow sinks the setting sun; the distant sail, On far horizon's edge, glides hushed and pale. Like some escaping spirit o'er the main. The sea gull soars, then tastes thy wave again ; The bearded forests on thy sandy shore In silence stand, e'en as they stood of yore, "While yet the red-man held his savage reign.
Page 263 - Upon the lowly mound, The simple head-board, rudely writ, Had rotted to the ground ; I raised it with a reverent hand, From dust its words to clear, But time had blotted all but these— "A Georgia Volunteer...
Page 120 - ... to her as she thought of the wives of the neighboring clergy — Mrs. Proudie, Mrs. Arabin, Mrs. Grantly and Mrs. Mark Robarts. The good mother kept patiently on her way in spite of all privations, Darning little stockings for restless little feet, Washing little faces to keep them clean and sweet, Sewing on the buttons, overseeing rations, Soothing with a kind word others

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