Oh, I long to see you, Mother;
And the loving ones at home;
But I’ll never leave our banner,
Till in honor I can come.
Tell the traitors, all around you,
That their cruel words, we know,
In ev’ry battle kill our soldiers
By the help they give the foe.
Hark! I hear the bugles sounding,
Tis the signal for the fight,
Now may God protect us, Mother,
As He ever does the right.
Hear the “Battle Cry of Freedom”,
How it swells upon the air;
Oh, yes, we’ll rally round the standard,
Or we’ll perish nobly there.