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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Southern States: Santee, the River, S. C.
Sallie St. Claire
George Pope Morris (1802–1864)
 
A Song of Marion’s Men

IN the ranks of Marion’s band,
Through morass and wooded land,
Over beach of yellow sand,
  Mountain, plain, and valley,
A Southern maid, in all her pride,        5
Marched gayly at her lover’s side,
    In such disguise
    That e’en his eyes
  Did not discover Sallie!
 
When returned from midnight tramp,        10
Through the forest dark and damp,
On his straw-couch in the camp,
  In his dreams he ’d dally
With that devoted, gentle fair,
Whose large black eyes and flowing hair        15
    So near him seem,
    That in his dream
  He breathes his love for Sallie!
 
Oh, what joy that maiden knew,
When she found her lover true!        20
Suddenly the trumpet blew,
  Marion’s men to rally!
To ward the death-spear from his side!—
In battle by Santee she died!—
    Where sings the surge        25
    A ceaseless dirge
  Near the lone grave of Sallie.
 
 
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