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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
America: Vols. XXV–XXIX.  1876–79.
 
Southern States: Fredericksburg, Va.
Fredericksburg
Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
 
THE INCREASING moonlight drifts across my bed,
And on the churchyard by the road, I know
It falls as white and noiselessly as snow.
’T was such a night two weary summers fled;
The stars, as now, were waning overhead.        5
Listen! Again the shrill-lipped bugles blow
Where the swift currents of the river flow
Past Fredericksburg: far off the heavens are red
With sudden conflagration: on yon height,
Linstock in hand, the gunners hold their breath:        10
A signal-rocket pierces the dense night,
Flings its spent stars upon the town beneath:
Hark!—the artillery massing on the right,
Hark!—the black squadrons wheeling down to Death!
 
 
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