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65th Regiment Song Book

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The Minstrel Boy to War is Gone

The minstrel boy to war is gone,
In the ranks of men you'll find him,
His father's sword he has girded on,
And his wild harp strung behind him.

Land of songs let the warriors guard,
Though all the world betray thee,
One sword at least thy rights shall guard,
One faithful heart shall praise thee.

The minstrel fell, but the foeman's chains,
Could not bring that proud soul under,
The harp he loved ne'er spoke again,
For he tore its cords asunder,
And said no chain shall sully thee,
A soul of long and bravery,
Thy songs were meant for the proud and free,
They shall never sound in slavery.

The minstrel boy shall return again,
When we hear the news we shall cheer it.
The minstrel boy shall return again,
Though torn perhaps in body, not in spirit,
And then may he play his harp in peace,
In a world as heaven hath intended,
Where all the world of war shall cease,
And every battle thus ended.

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