William McCarty, comp. The American National Song Book. 1842.
Death of Warren
By Epes Sargent (18131880)
On the day of the memorable engagement at Bunker Hill, General Joseph Warren, then in the prime of life, joined the American ranks as a volunteer. Tell me where I can be useful, said he, addressing General Putnam. Go to the redoubt, was the reply; you will there be covered. I came not to be covered, returned Warren; tell me where I shall be in the most danger; tell me where the action will be hottest.At the meeting of the committee of safety previous to the battle, his friends earnestly strove to dissuade him from exposing his person. I know there is danger, said Warren, but who does not think it sweet to die for his country? When Colonel Prescott gave the order to retreat, Warrens desperate courage forbade him to obey. He lingered the last in the redoubt, and was slowly and reluctantly retreating, when a British officer called out to him to surrender. Warren proudly turned his face to the foe, received a fatal shot in the forehead, and fell dead in the trenches.
WHEN the war-cry of Liberty rang through the land,
To arms sprang our fathers, the foe to withstand;
On old Bunker Hill their intrenchments they rear,
When the army is joind by a young volunteer.
Tempt not death! cried his friends; but he bade them good-bye,