Dove of Peace

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Melody - "Last Rose of Summer"
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A. Anderson, 1863

When the dark cloud of rebellion
Enshrouded our land,
The war cry resounding,
From Georgia to Maine;
The Dove of sweet peace,
No longer could stay,
She spread her bright pinions,
"And flew weeping away."

2. The rumbling of chariots,
And the cannon's wild roar,
Where the war horses are prancing,
Or dashing through gore;
Ungenial the clime
To the Dove of sweet peace,
She has fled from our nation
Till these tumults shall cease.

3. She has flown to a distance,
In quiet to dwell,
There weeping and cooing
In her quiet lone cell,
A waiting the hour,
When the rainbow of peace
Shall burst the dark cloud,
And the war-cry shall cease.

4. When the dark cloud of rebellion
Enshrouded our land,
And the war-cry resounding,
From Georgia to Maine;
The Dove of sweet peace,
No longer could stay,
On her bright golden pinions--
"Flew weeping away."


From Civil War Song Sheets, Series 1, Volume 1.

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