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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Americas: Vol. XXX.  1876–79.
 
Introductory to Mexico
The Fallen Brave
George Pope Morris (1802–1864)
 
FROM cypress and from laurel boughs
  Are twined, in sorrow and in pride,
The leaves that deck the mouldering brows
  Of those who for their country died:
In sorrow, that the sable pall        5
  Enfolds the valiant and the brave;
In pride that those who nobly fall
  Win garlands that adorn the grave.
 
The onset, the pursuit, the roar
  Of victory o’er the routed foe,        10
Will startle from their rest no more
  The fallen brave of Mexico.
To God alone such spirits yield!
  He took them in their strength and bloom,
When gathering, on the tented field,        15
  The garlands woven for the tomb.
 
The shrouded flag, the drooping spear,
  The muffled drum, the solemn bell,
The funeral train, the dirge, the bier,
  The mourners’ sad and last farewell,        20
Are fading tributes to the worth
  Of those whose deeds this homage claim;
But Time, who mingles them with earth,
  Keeps green the garlands of their fame.
 
 
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