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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:7423
AUTHOR:William Wetmore Story (1819–1895)
QUOTATION:I sing the hymn of the conquered, who fell in the Battle of Life,— 1 
The hymn of the wounded, the beaten, who died overwhelmed in the strife….
The hymn of the low and the humble, the weary, the broken in heart,
Who strove and who failed, acting bravely a silent and desperate part.
ATTRIBUTION:Io Victis.
 
Note 1.
Whitman: To a Foiled European Revolutionaire; Now it seems to me, when it can not be helped that defeat is great. [back]
 

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