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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
Epitaph on General Wolfe
HERE modest Wolfe, cut off in early bloom,
Though crown’d with glory, waits the general doom;
The shouts of victory met his parting breath,
He heard with joy, and smiling sunk in death.
O brave, enlightened youth! thy manners mild,        5
Of half its terrors horrid war beguiled;
And sweet compassion purified the flame
Which fired thy breast to gain a deathless name,
For thee thy country drops the generous tear,
And mourns thy conquests at a price so dear.        10
Wolfius, victoriâ annunciatâ, ut Thebanus obiit.

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