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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX.  1876–79.
 
British America: Quebec, Canada
On the Taking of Quebec
Oliver Goldsmith (1730–1774)
 
AMIDST the clamor of exulting joys,
  Which triumph forces from the patriot heart,
Grief dares to mingle her soul-piercing voice,
  And quells the raptures which from pleasure start.
 
O Wolfe! to thee a streaming flood of woe,        5
  Sighing we pay, and think e’en conquest dear;
Quebec in vain shall teach our breast to glow,
  Whilst thy sad fate extorts the heart-wrung tear.
 
Alive, the foe thy dreadful vigor fled,
  And saw thee fall with joy-pronouncing eyes;        10
Yet they shall know thou conquerest, though dead!
  Since from thy tomb a thousand heroes rise.
 
 
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