DIALOGUE SONG BETWEEN A CITIZEN AND A RETURNING SOLDIER
By Rev. FRANCIS MARION SYMMES
Formerly of Bedford, Indiana, now of Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Citizen:



Say, soldier brave, whence do you come,
So lightsome and so cheery,
With joyful heart, returning home,
All war-torn and so weary ?
Soldier:



From war's red field in "Dixie Land",
Where camp-fires long were burning,
From dangers thick on every hand,
Right glad am I returning.
Chorus:



Long live our land, our native land,
and those who dared defend her,
And victory, by land and sea,
May Heaven always send her.
Citizen:



Where are the ones who went with you,
When war began its drumming,
But numbered with the missing now;
Say, soldier, are they coming ?
Soldier:



Some foremost in the fighting fell;
Died many sick and wounded,
While thousands starved, Oh! sad to tell!
By rebel guards surrounded.
Citizen:



How long you fought, tell, soldier, tell,
And when you that have ended,
How the "Confederacy" fell,
And how its hosts were rended.
Soldier:



For four long years we fought, and then,
Pray listen to my sonnet,
What rebels were not caught or slain
Were taken in a bonnet.
Citizen:



My soldier brave, what shall be done
With rebels small and great ones,
Who all this course of ruin run,
The first one and the late ones ?
Soldier:



Let Jeff, and all his leaders hang,
As Haman, high and handy,
And let the rest, not to be long,
Go settle up with "Andy".
Citizen:



The "Butternut", my soldier man,
It will not do to slight him
Who did all things 'gainst "Uncle Sam",
But take up arms and fight him.
Soldier:



The mark of Cain be on his head,
Reproaches on him banging,
And let him live in fear and dread,
Not good enough for hanging.

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