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By George R. Poulton.
Rochester: Joseph P. Shaw, c1862.

LYRICS

Three Hundred Thousand More!
We are coming, Father Abram, 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 Abram, three hundred thousand more!
If you look across the hill-tops 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 bay'nets in the sunlight gleam, and bands brave music pour
We are coming, Father Abram, three hundred thousand more
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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 Abram, three hundred thousand more.

You have called us, and we're coming, by Richmond's bloody tide,
To lay us down for freedom's sake, and brother's bones beside;
Or from foul Treason's savage grasp to wrench the murderous 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 Abram, three hundred thousand more.

NOTES
From a poem first published in the New York Evening Post, July 16, 1862: We are coming, Father Abraham / James Sloan Gibbons (Robert Morris). Cf. BAL, v. 1, p. 346.

The words sometimes erroneously attributed to Wm. Cullen Bryant, or J. Cullen Bryant.

COLLECTION
Sheet Music from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana

REPOSITORY
Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
To read or print the sheet music here.