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Beat! Beat! Drums!

Part of the cluster DRUM-TAPS.



BEAT! beat! drums!—Blow! bugles! blow! Through the windows—through doors—burst like a  
 ruthless force,
Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation; Into the school where the scholar is studying; Leave not the bridegroom quiet—no happiness must he  
 have now with his bride;
Nor the peaceful farmer any peace, plowing his field or  
 gathering his grain;
So fierce you whirr and pound, you drums—so shrill you  
 bugles blow.


Beat! beat! drums!—Blow! bugles! blow! Over the traffic of cities—over the rumble of wheels in  
 the streets:
Are beds prepared for sleepers at night in the houses?  
 No sleepers must sleep in those beds;
No bargainers' bargains by day—no brokers or specu- 
 lators—Would they continue?
Would the talkers be talking? would the singer attempt  
 to sing?
Would the lawyer rise in the court to state his case be- 
 fore the judge?
Then rattle quicker, heavier drums—you bugles wilder  
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Beat! beat! drums!—Blow! bugles! blow! Make no parley—stop for no expostulation; Mind not the timid—mind not the weeper or prayer; Mind not the old man beseeching the young man; Let not the child's voice be heard, nor the mother's en- 
Make even the trestles to shake the dead, where they  
 lie awaiting the hearses,
So strong you thump, O terrible drums—so loud you  
 bugles blow.

Part of the cluster DRUM-TAPS.

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