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Old Fort Meigs.

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Tune — "Oh, lonely is the forest shade."

OH, lonely is our old green fort,
Where oft, in days of old,

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Our gallant soldiers bravely fought
'Gainst savage allies bold.
But with the change of years have passed
That unrelenting foe,
Since we fought here with Harrison,
A long time ago.

It seems but yesterday I heard,
From yonder thicket nigh,
The unerring rifle's sharp report,
The Indian's startling cry.
Yon brooklet flowing at your feet.
With crimson gore did flow
When we fought here with Harrison,
A long time ago.

The river rolls between its banks
As when of old we came —
Each grassy path, each shady nook,
Seems to me still the same;
But we are scattered now, whose faith
Pledged here, through weal or wo,
With Harrison our soil to guard,
A long time ago.

But many a soldier's lip is mute,
And clouded many a brow;
And hearts that beat for honour then
Have ceased their throbbing now.
We ne'er shall meet again in life
As then we met, I trow,
When we fought here with Harrison,
A long time ago.

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