Poems: Patriotic, Religious

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Author: Abram Joseph Ryan

Old Trees

Old trees, old trees! in your mystic gloom
There’s many a warrior laid,
And many a nameless and lonely tomb
Is sheltered beneath your shade.
Old trees, old trees! without pomp or prayer
We buried the brave and the true,
We fired a volley and left them there
To rest, old trees, with you.

Old trees, old trees! keep watch and ward
Over each grass-grown bed;
’Tis a glory, old trees, to stand as guard
Over the Southern dead;
Old trees, old trees! we shall pass away
Like the leaves you yearly shed,
But ye, lone sentinels, still must stay,
Old trees, to guard "our dead".

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Chicago: Abram Joseph Ryan, "Old Trees," Poems: Patriotic, Religious, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Poems: Patriotic, Religious (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed January 21, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4814SZLAVW7MRT9.

MLA: Ryan, Abram Joseph. "Old Trees." Poems: Patriotic, Religious, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Poems: Patriotic, Religious, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 21 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4814SZLAVW7MRT9.

Harvard: Ryan, AJ, 'Old Trees' in Poems: Patriotic, Religious, ed. and trans. . cited in 1850, Poems: Patriotic, Religious, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 21 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4814SZLAVW7MRT9.