Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription THE BRIDE OF THE BATTLE. 257

Assail the bright emblem that floats on our view; Let not that standard quail,
Let not those stripes grow pale,
Take not one star from our banner of blue.
Pretty sharp were the criticisms of this ode on the part of
our secessionists.
It halts and hobbles like the Union itself," was the sneer of
In truth," said another, it is ominous, lacking, here and
there, some very necessary feet.."
Its measures, like those of government are admirably un-
In short, politically, poetically, morally, and musically, the
poor ode was declared, by a punster present, to be certainly
within poetic rule, as it was decidedly odeous. At this�un-
kindest cut of all�the unhappy singer�author, too, perhaps
was suddenly seized with sea-sickness, and disappeared on
deck. The day was at its close as we left the table. We came
forth to enjoy a delicious sunset, and I was then officially noti-
fied that a story was expected from me that night. My turn
had come. The ladies were graciously pleased to command
that I should give them a tale of the Revolution, as appropriate
to the day, and, after a fine display of fireworks, we composed
ourselves in the usual circle, and I delivered myself of the fol-
lowing narrative, which I need not say to those who know me
was founded on fact :



To the reader who, in the pursuit of the facts in our national
history, shall confine himself only to those records which are to
be found in t.Iie ordinary narrative, much that be reads will be
found obscure, and a great deal absolutely untruthful. Our
early historians gave themselves but little trouble in searching
after details. A general outline was all that they desired, and,
satisfied with this, they neither sought after the particular events
which should give rise to the narrative, nor into the latent causes