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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Cowper
 
CXXIX. Loss of the "Royal George"
 
TOLL for the brave, 
The brave that are no more 
All sunk beneath the wave, 
Fast by their native shore! 
  
Eight hundred of the brave         5
Whose courage well was tried, 
Had made the vessel heel 
And laid her on her side. 
  
A land-breeze shook the shrouds, 
And she was overset;  10
Down went the Royal George, 
With all her crew complete. 
  
Toll for the brave! 
Brave Kempenfelt is gone; 
His last sea-fight is fought,  15
His work of glory done. 
  
It was not in the battle; 
No tempest gave the shock; 
She sprang no fatal leak, 
She ran upon no rock.  20
  
His sword was in its sheath, 
His fingers held the pen, 
When Kempenfelt went down 
With twice four hundred men. 
  
—Weigh the vessel up  25
Once dreaded by our foes! 
And mingle with our cup 
The tear that England owes. 
  
Her timbers yet are sound, 
And she may float again  30
Full charged with England's thunder, 
And plough the distant main: 
  
But Kempenfelt is gone, 
His victories are o'er, 
And he and his eight hundred  35
Shall plough the wave no more. 
 
 
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