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“We Are Coming, Father Abraham”

James Sloan Gibbons

Verse 1:

We are coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more,
From Mississippi's winding stream and from New England's shore;
We leave our plows and workshops, our wives and children dear,
With hearts too full for utterance, with but a silent tear;
We dare not look behind us, but steadfastly before,
We are coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more.

Chorus:
We are coming, coming our union to restore,
We are coming, Father Abraham, with three hundred thousand more.

Verse 2:

If you look across the hilltops that meet the northern sky.
Long moving lines of rising dust your vision may descry;
And now the wind an instant, tears the cloudy veil aside,
And floats aloft our spangled flag in glory and in pride;
And bayonets in the sunlight gleam, and bands brave music pour,
We are coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more.

Chorus:
We are coming, coming our union to restore,
We are coming, Father Abraham, with three hundred thousand more.

Verse 3:

If you look all up our valleys, where the growing harvests shine,
You may see our sturdy farmer boys fast forming into line;
And children from their mothers knees are pulling at the weeds,
And learning how to reap and sow, against their country's needs;
And a farewell group stands weeping at every cottage door,
We are coming, Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more.

Chorus:
We are coming, coming our union to restore,
We are coming, Father Abraham, with three hundred thousand more.

Verse 4:

You have called us and we're coming, by Richmond's bloody tide,
To lay us down for Freedom's sake, our brother's bones beside;
Or from foul treason's savage group to wrench the murd'rous blade,
And in the face of foreign foes its fragments to parade;
Six hundred thousand loyal men and true have gone before,
We are coming Father Abraham, three hundred thousand more.

Chorus:
We are coming, coming our union to restore,
We are coming, Father Abraham, with three hundred thousand more.


 
 

     
 

 
     
 

 
     
     

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