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COMPANY K.



For eyes have looked steady
 Its visor beneath
O'er the work of the reaper,
 Whose harvest is Death.
Let the muster-roll meagre
 So mournfully say
How foremost in danger
 Went "Company K "—


Whose footstep unbroken
 Came up to the town,
Where rampart and bastion
 Looked fearfully down—
Who, closing up breaches,
 Yet kept on their way,
Till guns downward pointing
 Faced "Company K."


Like cameras fearful
 Stood cannon aloof,
Till the signal was given
 To strike off a proof
Of the soul of the soldier,
 To send up to Him.
(Pray God that he knew them,
 Though bloody and dim!)


Who faltered or shivered?
 Who shunned battle-smoke?
Whose fire was uncertain?
 Whose battle-line broke?