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I had, my Country !-am I to be blamed ?

Now, when I think of thee, and what thou art,

Verily, in the bottom of my heart Of those unfilial fears I am ashamed.

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For dearly must we prize thee; we who find
In thee a bulwark for the cause of men ;

And I by my affection was beguiled
What wonder if a Poet now and then,
Among the many movements of his mind,
Felt for thee as a lover or a child !

W. WORDSWORTH.

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HOHENLINDEN
On Linden, when the sun was low,
All bloodless lay the untrodden snow ;
And dark as winter was the flow

Of Iser, rolling rapidly.
But Linden saw another sight,
When the drum beat at dead of night,
Commanding fires of death to light

The darkness of her scenery.
By torch and trumpet fast array'd
Each horseman drew his battle blade
And furious every charger neigh'd

To join the dreadful revelry.
Then shook the hills with thunder riven,
Then rush'd the steed, to battle driven,
And louder than the bolts of Heaven

Far flash'd the red artillery,
But redder yet that light shall glow
On Linden's hills of stainéd snow;
And bloodier yet the torrent flow

Of Iser, rolling rapidly.

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'Tis morn ; but scarce yon level sun Can pierce the war-clouds, rolling dun, Where furious Frank and fiery Hun

Shout in their sulphurous canopy.

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The combat deepens. On, ye brave
Who rush to glory, or the grave !
Wave, Munich, all thy banners wave,

And charge with all thy chivalry!

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Few, few shall part, where many meet !
The snow shall be their winding-sheet,
And every turf beneath their feet
Shall be a soldier's sepulchre.

T. CAMPBELL.

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AFTER BLENHEIM

It was a summer evening,

Old Kaspar's work was done,
And he before his cottage door

Was sitting in the sun ;
And by him sported on the green
His little grandchild Wilhelmine.

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She saw her brother Peterkin

Roll something large and round
Which he beside the rivulet

In playing there had found ;
He came to ask what he had found
That was so large and smooth and round.

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Old Kaspar took it from the boy

Who stood expectant by ;
And then the old man shook his head,

And with a natural sigh
• 'Tis some poor fellow's skull,' said he,
• Who fell in the great victory.

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· I find them in the garden,

For there's many here about ; And often when I go to plough

The ploughshare turns them out. For many thousand men,' said he, • Were slain in that great victory.

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Now tell us what 'twas all about,'

Young Peterkin he cries ;
And little Wilhelmine looks up

With wonder-waiting eyes ;
Now tell us all about the war,
And what they fought each other for.'
. It was the English,' Kaspar cried,

Who put the French to rout;
But what they fought each other for

I could not well make out. But every body said,' quoth he, That 'twas a famous victory.

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"My father lived at Blenheim then,

Yon little stream hard by ;
They burnt his dwelling to the ground,

And he was forced to fly :
So with his wife and child he fled,
Nor had he where to rest his head.

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With fire and sword the country round

Was wasted far and wide,
And many a childing mother then

And new-born baby died :
But things like that, you know, must be
At every famous victory.
They say it was a shocking sight

After the field was won ;
For many thousand bodies here

Lay rotting in the sun :
But things like that, you know, must be
After a famous victory.

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* Great praise the Duke of Marlbro' won

And our good Prince Eugene ;
• Why, 'twas a very wicked thing!'

Said little Wilhelmine ;
• Nay .. nay my little girl,' quoth he,
It was a famous victory.

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And every body praised the Duke

Who this great fight did win.'
' But what good came of it at last ?'

Quoth little Peterkin :
Why, that I cannot tell,' said he, 65
But 'twas a famous victory.'

R. SOUTIIEY.

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PRO PATRIA MORI

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When he who adores thee has left but the name

Of his fault and his sorrows behind, 0! say wilt thou weep, when they darken the fame

Of a life that for thee was resign'd ? Yes, weep, and however my foes may condemn,

Thy tears shall efface their decree ; For, Heaven can witness, though guilty to them,

I have been but too faithful to thee.

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With thee were the dreams of my earliest love,

Every thought of my reason was thine :
In my last humble prayer to the Spirit above

Thy name shall be mingled with mine!
O! blest are the lovers and friends who shall live

The days of thy glory to see ; But the next dearest blessing that Heaven can give Is the pride of thus dying for thee.

T. MOORE.

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THE BURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE

AT CORUNNA
Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,

As his corpse to the rampart we hurried ;
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot

O’er the grave where our Hero we buried.

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We buried him darkly at dead of night,

The sods with our bayonets turning;
By the struggling moonbeam's misty light

And the lantern dimly burning.

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No useless coffin enclosed his breast,

Not in sheet or in shroud we wound him ; But he lay like a Warrior taking his rest

With his martial cloak around him.

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Few and short were the prayers we said,

And we spoke not a word of sorrow; But we steadfastly gaz'd on the face that was dead,

And we bitterly thought of the morrow. We thought, as we hollow'd his narrow bed

And smooth'd down his lonely pillow, That the Foe and the Stranger would tread o'er his

head, And we far away on the billow !

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Lightly they'll talk of the Spirit that's gone

And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him,-
But little he'll reck, if they let him sleep on

In the grave where a Briton has laid him.

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But half of our heavy task was done

When the clock struck the hour for retiring : And we heard the distant and random gun

That the foe was sullenly firing.

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