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THE SOLDIER'S ORPHAN
by
Mrs. H. M. Crapo

Patriots, tenderly care for them all
    Soldiers, give heed to the fatherless call,
Kind ladies, remember the price that we gave
    The flag of our Union unsullied to save.

The care for the orphans our soldiers have left
    For the innocent children that war has bereft
Who are threading the streets of our cities today
     Houseless and homeless, with nowhere to stay

I ask you today to give of your portion
     To those waifs that are floating on life's troubled ocean
To the little street beggar whose father was killed
     In the army and left them, his wife and his child

To struggle with poverty, weary and lone;
     Give to the orphan, take to your home
The child of the soldier, who yielded his life
     In defense of his country, who fought in the strife.

Patriots, tenderly care for them all,
     Soldiers, give heed to the fatherless call,
Kind ladies, remember the price that we gave
     the flag of our Union unsullied to save


Source: Williams, J.C. "History and Map Of Danby Vermont" Rutland: McLean and Robbins, 1869; Contributed by Thomas Risdon Baine

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