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Ashes of Roses


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Overwritten brown with strikethrough
Added inline purple with double underline
Uncertain gray with wavy underline
Supplied from another source turquoise with brackets
Metamark green with triple underline
Long deletion gray background with top and bottom border
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Ashes of Roses

The dust & debris below,  
 in all the cemeteries  
 not only in Virginia &  
 Tennessee but all through  
  the land
  • The names of the flowers.

  • lilacs
  • roses
  • early lilies
  • the colors,

  • purple & white
  • & red & yellow
  • & red—
—the graves Ashes of Armies The Unknown ? Army‑Ashes The dust of each mingling  
 fused all with in the dust  
 of each—(i.e. the rebel & the Union)

Are we to have a National Hymn by Centennial time?

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? Ashes of Roses

Dust of the dead— ashes of blue & gray, —ashes of battle-pits, solemn & strange cement— not a field crop grows hence in  
 the field, of north or south
Not Nor moisture of the river, nor  
 falling rain
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