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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV.  1876–79.
Spain: Trafalgar
The Death of Nelson
S. J. Arnold (1774–1852)
’T WAS in Trafalgar’s bay
We saw the Frenchman lay;
      Each heart was bounding then.
We scorned the foreign yoke,
Our ships were British oak,        5
      And hearts of oak our men.
Our Nelson marked them on the wave,
Three cheers our gallant seamen gave,
      Nor thought of home and beauty.
Along the line this signal ran,—        10
“England expects that every man
      This day will do his duty.”
And now the cannons roar
Along the affrighted shore;
      Our Nelson led the way:        15
His ship the Victory named;
Long be that Victory famed!
      For victory crowned the day.
But dearly was that conquest bought,
For well the gallant hero fought        20
      For England, home, and beauty.
He cried, as midst the fire he ran,
“England expects that every man
      This day will do his duty!”
At last the fatal wound,        25
Which spread dismay around,
      The hero’s breast received:
“Heaven fights on our side,
The day’s our own,” he cried;
      “Now long enough I ’ve lived.”        30
“In honor’s cause my life was past,
In honor’s cause I fall at last,
      For England, home, and beauty!”
Thus ending life as he began,
England confessed that every man        35
      That day had done his duty.

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