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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
 
Lech, the River
Sonnet on the Death of the Bavarian General Tilly
William Herbert (1778–1847)
 
TILLY, thine hopes are fallen! by the stream
Of rapid Lech victorious cannons roar
With Swedish vengeance; on the adverse shore
Fraught with thy death the volleyed lightnings gleam!
Yet nor those hardy veterans, who seem        5
To mock all hinderance; nor those mouths, which pour
The thundering voice of war with fierce uproar;
Nor e’en Gustavus mars thy glorious dream.
But she, who met thee with her ghastly train
Of murdered babes (a pale and vengeful ghost),        10
Sad Magdeburg, in Leipsic’s dubious fight;
And with her heaven’s red arm, which o’er the plain
Spread strange dismay: then victory fled thine host,
And thy bright glories sunk in fatal night.
 
 
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