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Shall We Let Our Soldiers Perish, song lyrics

Song: Shall We Let Our Soldiers Perish?
Lyrics: Thomas MacKellar

Music: J. Henry Wolsieffer
Year: 1865(3)
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA


Shall we let our soldiers perish,
Now the victory is won?
Men by fever rack'd and shatter'd,
Men in many a battle batter'd,
All their duty bravely done.
Maim'd and hal, and worn and weary,
From the couch of suffering dreary,
Homeless heroes, lo! they come!
They wo bled for Freedom's sake!
Shall we bid their brave hearts break?
Longing for a peaceful home?

Shall we let our soldiers perish,
Now the victory is won?
Coming from the Southern prison,
Spectres from the tomb arisen,
Woeful men to look upon!
Ghastly, gaunt, and shadowy creatures,
Scarcely human in their features,
Brother freemen, see them come!
They who fought for Freedom's sake!
Will you bid their brave hearts break,
Shall the homeless have no home?
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Shall we let our soldiers perish,
Now the victory is won?
Fathers hoary(5), honor'd mothers,
Sisters ye who love your brothers,
Ev'ry daugher, ev'ry son,
Comfort ye the sick and smitten,
As in gospel pages written
Of our Lord! Be hodl, they come!
They who fought for Freedom's sake!
Never shall their brave hearts break:
they shall have a "Soldiers' Home."


Notes:

1 - Published by King & Baird, Philadelphia

2 - The sheet music cover says at the top "To the memory of Anna Maria Ross" and near the bottom, "Printed and published for the benefit of the Soldiers And Sailor's Home."

3 - Historical reference dates this at 1865, from p.35, Florence Kelley and hte Nation's Work, The Rise of Women's Political Culture, by Kathryn Kish Sklar.

4 - Thomas MacKellar (1812 - 1899)

5 - hoary: having grey hair or aged