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Page 450 of Kentucky eloquence past and present : library of orations, after-dinner speeches, popular and classic lectures, addresses and poetry / editor-in-chief Col. Bennett H. Young ; associate editors, Hon. Henry Waterson [et al]

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KENTUCKY POETS. GEN. B. W. DUKE. [General Basil W. Duke, a native of Scott county, Kentucky, where he was born May 28, 1838, although a fine writer and speaker, is best known now, and will be hereafter, for his military deeds In the Civil War. He did not FlWays, however, write prose, but often indulged in verse, even while raiding with Morgan over the country. The following poem will serve as an example of his style of writing.] SONG OF THE RAID. On the Cumberland's bosom The moonbeams are bright, And the path of the raiders Is plain by her light; Across the broad riffle And up the steep bank, The long, winding column Moves rank after rank. CHORUS: Then ho! for the Bluegrass- And welcome the chance- No matter the danger That bids us advance; The odds must be heavy To turn or deter The lads who make war With the pistol and spur! We haunt the wild border, We ever are near, Giving hope to our friends And to enemies fear. We hold idle armies Here, guarding this soil, We snatch frwm swift battle Its glory and spoil. Through the woodland's deep shade, By the meadow' green side, Up hill and down valley We steadily ride; But hushed now the laughter And silent the song, As all night the squadrons Tramp swiftly along. 460

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