CAAS 201 Paul Lawrence Dunbar Poems

CAAS 201 Paul Lawrence Dunbar Poems - TheColoredSoldiersby...

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The Colored Soldiers by  Paul Laurence Dunbar THE COLORED SOLDIERS If the muse were mine to tempt it  And my feeble voice were strong,  If my tongue were trained to measures,  I would sing a stirring song.  I would sing a song heroic  Of those noble sons of Ham,  Of the gallant colored soldiers  Who fought for Uncle Sam!  In the early days you scorned them,  And with many a flip and flout  Said "These battles are the white man's,  And the whites will fight them out."  Up the hills you fought and faltered,  In the vales you strove and bled,  While your ears still heard the thunder  Of the foes' advancing tread.  Then distress fell on the nation,  And the flag was drooping low;  Should the dust pollute your banner?  No! the nation shouted, No!  So when War, in savage triumph,  Spread abroad his funeral pall -- 
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Then you called the colored soldiers,  And they answered to your call.  And like hounds unleashed and eager  For the life blood of the prey,  Spring they forth and bore them bravely  In the thickest of the fray.  And where'er the fight was hottest,  Where the bullets fastest fell,  There they pressed unblanched and fearless  At the very mouth of hell. 
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This note was uploaded on 01/20/2012 for the course LSAOFFICE 201 taught by Professor Ronaldwoods during the Spring '11 term at University of Michigan.

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