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"Make some way there!" "Let me nearer!" "I am stifling!” "Stifle, then! When a nation's life's at hazard,
We've no time to think of men!"
So they surged against the State House,
Which, though simple it might be,
Far aloft in that high steeple
Sat the bellman, old and gray;
And his iron-sceptred sway.
See! See! The dense crowd quivers
Hastens forth to give the sign!
Breezes dallying with his hair, Hark! with deep, clear intonation,
Breaks his young voice on the air :
Hushed the people's swelling murmur,
How they shouted! What rejoicing!
The calmly gliding Delaware!
Lighted up the night's repose, And from the flames, like fabled Phoenix, Our glorious liberty arose !
That old State House bell is silent,
Hushed is now its clamorous tongue; But the spirit it awakened,
Still is living-ever young;
And when we greet the smiling sunlight
Which, please God, shall never die !
ALEC YEATON'S SON.
THE wind it wailed, the wind it moaned,
And the white caps flecked the sea; "An' I would to God," the skipper groaned, "I had not my boy with me!"
Snug in the stern-sheets little John
"Would he were at his mother's side !"
"For me-my muscles are as steel;
I might make shift upon the keel
"But he he is so weak and small,
I trust him in Thy hand!
"For Thou, who markest from on high A sparrow's fall-each one!
Surely, O Lord, Thou'lt have an eye
Then, helm hard aport, right straight he sailed
The wind it moaned, the wind it wailed,
Then burst a storm to make one quail,
Sudden it came, as sudden went;
The winds were hushed, the waves were spent,
Now, as the morning mist grew thin,
Saw a little figure floating in,
Up rose the cry: "A wreck! a wreck !
Long did they marvel in the town
THE boy stood on the burning deck,
The flame that lit the battle's wreck
Yet beautiful and bright he stood,
A proud though childlike form.
The flames rolled on; he would not go
That father, faint in death below,
He called aloud, "Say, father, say,
He knew not that the chieftain lay
"Speak, father," once again he cried,
Upon his brow he felt their breath,