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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1175. The Captain’s Feather
 
By Samuel Minturn Peck
 
 
THE DEW is on the heather,
  The moon is in the sky,
And the captain’s waving feather
  Proclaims the hour is nigh
When some upon their horses        5
  Shall through the battle ride,
And some with bleeding corses
  Must on the heather bide.
 
The dust is on the heather,
  The moon is in the sky,        10
And about the captain’s feather
  The bolts of battle fly;
But hark, what sudden wonder
  Breaks forth upon the gloom?
It is the cannon’s thunder—        15
  It is the voice of doom!
 
The blood is on the heather,
  The night is in the sky,
And the gallant captain’s feather
  Shall wave no more on high;        20
The grave and holy brother
  To God is saying Mass,
But who shall tell his mother,
  And who shall tell his lass?
 

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