The Drummer Boy Of Shiloh

"Look down upon the battlefield, Oh Thou,Our Heavenly Friend, Have mercy on our sinful souls," The soldiers cried,"Amen." There gathered 'round a little group, Each brave man knelt and cried. They listened to the drummer boy, Who prayed before he died. "Oh, Mother," said the dying boy, "Look down from heaven on me. Receive me to thy fond embrace, Oh,take me home to thee. I've loved my country as my God. To serve them both I've tried!" He smiled, shook hands-death seized the boy, Who prayed before he died. Each soldier wept then like a child, Stout hearts were they and brave. They wrapped him in his country's flag And laid him in the grave. They placed by him the Bible, A rededicated guide To those that mourn the drummer boy Who prayed before he died. Ye angels 'round the throne of grace, Look down upon the braves, Who fought and died on Shiloh's plain, Now slumbering in their graves. How many homes made desolate, How many hearts have sighed. How many like that drummer boy, Who prayed before he died. Will S. Hays submitted by -- Mark Davis
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