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1864. Excerpt: ... ALABAMA There is a tradition that a tribe of
Indians, fleeing from an enemy through the forests of the
south-west, reached a noble river, flowing through a beautiful
country, when the chieftain of the band struck his tent-pole into
the ground, exclaiming, "Alabama Alabama " signifying "Here we rest
here we rest " HE whole wide world is but the same, Tracked by
those foemen, Care and Grief; While every human hope would claim
The spot that cheered the Indian chief. Yet where is that Elysian
tide Which saved the warriors of the West? Where can we find the
river's side Where mortal fears say " Here we rest?" We often think
that gold, --hard gold, Will form the spot of dreamy joy; But all
we get, and all we hold, Brings something with it of alloy. Good
does not always mate with Gain, And wearied brow or cheerless
breast, Bends o'er a golden stream in vain; Seeking the sweet
words, " Here we rest ' We put our trust in robe or crown, --In
ribbon band or jewelled star: Such things may gleam in Fortune's
dream, But dazzle most when seen afar. Ambition's temple rarely yet
Let in a well-contented guest, --Some spoil unwon, some deed
undone, Will choke the soft words, " Here we rest Some place their
faith in safer creed, --The wise, the God-directed few, Who think a
heart is what we need To yield the peace that's pure and true; And
happy they who seek and find A shelter in a kindred breast, And,
leaving foes and fears behind, Say to some dear one, " Here we rest
" Go carve long epitaphs who will On sculptured brass or marble
wall; The Indian's "Alabama" still Speaks with the fittest voice of
all. I ask no more than sod enough To make the grasshopper a nest;
And that a stone bear but this one--This only record--" Here we
rest " A WELCOME. written Expressly For The Ope...
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