Poets Walk: coat of blue

Poets Walk: "coat of blue"

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The Faded Coat of Blue by John Hugh McNaughton


My brave lad he sleeps in his faded coat of blue,

In a lonely grave unknown lies the heart that beat so true.

He sank faint and hungry among the famished brave,

And they laid him sad and lonely within his nameless grave.

No more the bugle calls the weary one;

Rest, noble spirit, in thy grave unknown!

I'll find you and know you, among the good and true

When a robe of white is giv'n for the faded coat of blue.

He cried, "Give me water and just a little crumb,

And my mother she will bless you through all the days to come.

Oh! Tell my sweet sister, so gentle, good and true,

That I'll meet her up in Heaven in my faded coat of blue."


1865