Book/Printed Material Virginia's jewels
"These are my Jewels," said a Roman dame,
Long years ago.—Virginia says the same,
And proudly shews the sons who, at her call,
Have gathered swift from cottage and from hall,
And stand beneath her skies, a noble band
Ready to do, and die, for their own native land.
"These are my jewels!" Ne'er was matrons brow,
More richly gemmed—than is Virginia's now;
Diamond and ruby pale before the light
Of souls inspired by the sense of right,
Of hearts with courage, and with virtue fraught,
Eyes lit with truth, and shadowed deep with thought.
Nor on her brow alone those jewels rest;
Some richer still are garnered in her breast.
Oh! with what mingled love, and grief, and pride,
She points to those who for her sake have died;
How tenderly she folds them to her heart,
Ne'er from her fond embrace again to part.
Oh martyrs of Manassas! ye whose names
Though writ in light, are still more Love's than Fames.
Long shall Virginia's sons and daughters tell
How nobly on that bloody day ye fell,
And at a priceless cost redeemed our land
From the fell grasp of the usurper's hand!
Sons of Virginia! falter not! To you,
The loved, the tried, the trusted, and the true,
Her hearths, her homes, her sacred honor, all
For which men live, in whose defence they fall,
Your mother gives. Be faithful to the trust,
For lo! your brothers' blood call to you from the dust.
Be strong, courageous, steadfast! trust in God;
Humbly submissive to His chastening rod;
Christ's faithful soldiers on the tented field;
From Him your strength! His providence your shield!
So shall God's blessing to our arms be given,
And peace on Angel's wing descend from heaven.
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- Virginia's jewels
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