Quotation by Herman Melville

But some who this blithe mood present,
As on in lightsome files they fare,
Shall die experienced ere three days be spent—
Perish, enlightened by the vollied glare;
Or shame survive, and, like to adamant,
Thy after shock, Manassas, share.
Herman Melville (1819–1891), U.S. poet, novelist. The March into Virginia (l. 31–36). . .

Selected Poems of Herman Melville. Hennig Cohen, ed. (1991) Fordham University Press.
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