The union as it was
O you surly, great republic
How can you have grown so vast,
Yet learned so little? The battlefields
Consecrated by our glorious dead,
Where brave men ate, slept, fought, bled and died--
Have you so soon forgotten them?
Vitriolic war amongst citizens is surely as immoral
As any unprovoked war amongst nations.
Men of character must demand peaceful extinction
Of the political discord that festers among us.
Once again, I remind you:
Beware of rashness, have good energy,
And go forward with sleepless vigilance--
For equality and freedom cannot be retracted,
Any more than the dead
Can be brought back to life.
Inspired by the words of Abraham Lincoln.