|"Some of these effusions are lowly-familiar, but they are picturesque and high-colored; they enflamed but they are now become ever-vernal. Their rhythm set the lagging forward caused bruised bare feet to step out lively; the words easily suited homely tunes; while the sentiment was touching, true, hearty, helpful….. Some of the Ballads are rough-they were composed on a drum head or a flour-barrel, and gun powder was the ink-but they ring right, impress the heart, and outlive the occasion. They elevate the incident, color plain conduct, idealize common place characters… They picture what happened-those deeds of prowess of which we see the magnificent results. After the conflict between the disunited sections of the United States, the sword has been really changed into the pruning hook; the gun-carriage carries the harvest home, the barn-yard fowls are housed in the old powder-magazines. They will rust-but these songs
will remain bright."