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We brimmed her tiny apron o'er; you should have
heard her laugh, As each man from his scanty store, shook out a
To kiss the little mouth, stooped down a score of
grimy men, Until the sergeant's husky voice said, “'Tention,
squad !”-and then, We gave her escort, till good-night the pretty waif
we bid, And watched her toddle out of sight-or else 'twas
tears that hid
Her tiny form-nor turned about a man, nor spoke
a word Till after a while, afar, hoarse shout upon the wind
we heard! We sent it back, and cast sad eyes upon the scene
around; A baby's hand had touched the ties that brothers
once had bound.
That's all — save when the dawn awoke again, the
work of hell, And through the sullen clouds of smoke the
screaming missiles fell; Our general often rubbed his glass, and marveled
much to see Not a single shell that whole day fell in the camp of Battery B.
F. H. GASSAWAY.
Spell and pronounce:- grimy, tiny, sullen, hoarse, scanty, apron, gunners, salute, lisped, prancing, and brimmed.