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Dirge for Two Veterans

By Walt Whitman THE last sunbeam Lightly falls from the finish’d Sabbath, On the pavement here, and there beyond it is looking, Down a new-made double grave. Lo, the moon ascending, Up from the east the silvery round moon, Beautiful over the house-tops, ghastly, phantom moon, Immense and silent moon. I see a sad procession, …

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The Bivouac of the Dead

By Theodore O’Hara, 1847 The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo’ No more on life’s parade shall meet That brave and fallen few; On Fame’s eternal camping ground Their silent tents are spread; But Glory guards with solemn round The bivouac of the dead.

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