Hush'd Be the Camps To-day

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Hush'd Be the Camps To-day was printed on mourning ribbons in remembrance of Abraham Lincoln, assassinated April 16, 1865.
An illustration for the story Hush'd Be the Camps To-day by the author Walt Whitman
Mourning ribbon for Lincoln, 1865
An illustration for the story Hush'd Be the Camps To-day by the author Walt Whitman
Mourning ribbon for Lincoln, 1865
An illustration for the story Hush'd Be the Camps To-day by the author Walt Whitman
Hush'd be the camps to-day;
And, soldiers, let us drape our war-worn weapons;
And each with musing soul retire, to celebrate,
Our dear commander's death.

No more for him life's stormy conflicts;
Nor victory, nor defeat-- no more time's dark events,
Charging like ceaseless clouds across the sky.

But sing, poet, in our name;
Sing of the love we bore him-- because you, dweller in camps,
know it truly.

As they invault the coffin there; 
Sing-- as they close the doors of earth upon him-- one verse,
For the heavy hearts of soldiers.

Walt Whitman-- 1865
GOD SAVE THE UNION AND OUR MARTYR
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
FEB 12 1809
APRIL 16 1865

Visit Song of Myself - Study Guide for more on Whitman's work during the War. Read about Abraham Lincoln, Civil War Stories, and American History in Literature


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