What mean these peals from every tower, And crowds like seas that sway? The cannon reply; they speak the heart Of the People impassioned, and say -- A city in flags for a city in flames, Richmond goes Babylon's way -- Sing and pray. O weary years and woeful wars, And armies in the grave; But hearts unquelled at last deter The helmed dilated Lucifer -- Honor to Grant the brave, Whose three stars now like Orion's rise When wreck is on the wave -- Bless his glaive. Well that the faith we firmly kept, And never our aim forswore For the Terrors that trooped from each recess When fainting we fought in the Wilderness, And Hell made loud hurrah; But God is in Heaven, and Grant in the Town, And Right through might is Law -- God's way adore.
- by Herman Melville (1819 - 1891), "The Fall of Richmond", subtitle: "The tidings received in the Northern Metropolis (April, 1865.)" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Joseph Eidson , "The Fall of Richmond", 2009 [baritone, B-flat clarinet, and piano], from Songs of this War, no. 4. [text verified 1 time]
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