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ETHIOPIA SALUTING THE COLORS.

(A Reminiscence of 1864.)

1

WHO are you, dusky woman, so ancient, hardly human,
With your woolly-white and turban'd head, and bare
bony feet?
Why, rising by the roadside here, do you the colors
greet?


2

('Tis while our army lines Carolina's sand and pines,
Forth from thy hovel door, thou, Ethiopia, com'st to me,
As, under doughty Sherman, I march toward the sea.)


3

Me, master, years a hundred, since from my parents sun-
der'd,
A little child, they caught me as the savage beast is caught;
Then hither me, across the sea, the cruel slaver brought.




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4

No further does she say, but lingering all the day,
Her high-borne turban'd head she wags, and rolls her
darkling eye,
And curtseys to the regiments, the guidons moving by.


5

What is it, fateful woman—so blear, hardly human?
Why wag your head, with turban bound—yellow, red
and green?
Are the things so strange and marvelous, you see or
have seen?


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