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The Battle in the Clouds

  "The day had been one of dense mists and rains, and much of
  General Hooker's battle was fought above the clouds, on the top of
  Lookout Mountain."--GENERAL MEIG'S _Report of the Battle before

  Where the dews and the rains of heaven have their fountain,
    Like its thunder and its lightning our brave burst on the foe,
  Up above the clouds on Freedom's Lookout Mountain
    Raining life-blood like water on the valleys down below.
        O, green be the laurels that grow,
        O sweet be the wild-buds that blow,
    In the dells of the mountain where the brave are lying low.

  Light of our hope and crown of our story,
    Bright as sunlight, pure as starlight shall their deeds of daring
  While the day and the night out of heaven shed their glory,
    On Freedom's Lookout Mountain whence they routed Freedom's foe.
        O, soft be the gales when they go
        Through the pines on the summit where they blow,
    Chanting solemn music for the souls that passed below.


William Dean Howells