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Not the Pilot.

Part of the cluster DRUM-TAPS.


NOT the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship  
 into port, though beaten back, and many times  
Not the path-finder, penetrating inland, weary and  
By deserts parch'd, snows-chill'd, rivers wet, perseveres  
 till he reaches his destination,
More than I have charged myself, heeded or unheeded,  
 to compose a free march for These States,
To be exhilarating music to them—a battle-call, rousing  
 to arms, if need be—years, centuries hence.

Part of the cluster DRUM-TAPS.

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