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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
861. The Band in the Pines
 
(After Pelham Died)
 
By John Esten Cooke
 
 
OH, band in the pine-wood, cease!
  Cease with your splendid call;
The living are brave and noble,
  But the dead are bravest of all!
 
They throng to the martial summons,        5
  To the loud triumphant strain,
And the dear bright eyes of long-dead friends
  Come to the heart again!
 
They come with the ringing bugle,
  And the deep drums’ mellow roar;        10
Till the soul is faint with longing
  For the hands we clasp no more!
 
Oh, band in the pine-wood, cease!
  Or the heart will melt with tears,
For the gallant eyes and the smiling lips,        15
  And the voices of old years.
 

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