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RELIEVING GUARD THOMAS STARR KIXG. OBIIT MARCH 4, 1864 Came the
relief. What, sentry, ho How passed the night through thy long
waking ? Cold, cheerless, dark, ? as may befit The hour before the
dawn is breaking. No sight ? no sound ? Xo; nothing save The plover
from the marshes calling, And in yon western sky, about An hour
ago, a star was falling. A star ? There 's nothing strange in that.
No, nothing; but, above the thicket, Somehow it seemed to me that
God Somewhere had just relieved a picket. THE GODDESS FUND OF THE
PACIFIC Who comes ? The sentry's warning cry Rings sharply on the
evening air: Who comes ? The challenge: no reply, Yet something
motions there. A woman, by those graceful folds; A soldier, by that
martial tread: Advance three paces. Halt until Thy name and rank be
said. My name ? Her name, in ancient song, Who fearless from
Olympus came: Look on me Mortals know me best In battle and in
flame. Enough I know that clarion voice; I know that gleaming eye
and helm, Those crimson lips, ? and in their dew The best blood of
the realm. The young, the brave, the good and wise, Have fallen in
thy curst embrace: The juices of the grapes of wrath Still stain
thy guilty face. My brother lies in yonder field, Face downward to
the quiet grass: Go back he cannot see thee now; But here thou
shalt not pass. A crack upon the evening air, A wakened echo from
the hill: The watchdog on the distant shore Gives mouth, and all is
still The sentry with his brother lies Face downward on the quiet
grass; And by him, in the pale moonshine, A shadow seems to pass.
No lance or warlike shield it bears: A helmet in its pitying hands
Brings water from the nearest brook, ...
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