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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
Coblentz
Coblentz
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
(From Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage)

  BY Coblentz, on a rise of gentle ground,
  There is a small and simple pyramid,
  Crowning the summit of the verdant mound;
  Beneath its base are heroes’ ashes hid,
  Our enemy’s; but let not that forbid        5
  Honor to Marceau, o’er whose early tomb
  Tears, big tears, gushed from the rough soldier’s lid,
  Lamenting and yet envying such a doom,—
Falling for France, whose rights he battled to resume.
 
  Brief, brave, and glorious was his young career:        10
  His mourners were two hosts,—his friends and foes,—
  And fitly may the stranger lingering here
  Pray for his gallant spirit’s bright repose;
  For he was Freedom’s champion, one of those,
  The few in number, who had not o’erstept        15
  The charter to chastise which she bestows
  On such as wield her weapons: he had kept
The whiteness of his soul, and thus men o’er him wept.
 
 
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