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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Andre’s Request to Washington
By Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806–1867)
 
IT is not the fear of death
  That damps my brow;
It is not for another breath
  I ask thee now;
I can die with a lip unstirr’d        5
  And a quiet heart—
Let but this prayer be heard
  Ere I depart.
 
I can give up my mother’s look—
  My sister’s kiss;        10
I can think of love—yet brook
  A death like this!
I can give up the young fame
  I burn’d to win—
All—but the spotless name        15
  I glory in!
 
Thine is the power to give,
  Thine to deny,
Joy for the hour I live,
  Calmness to die.        20
By all the brave should cherish,
  By my dying breath,
I ask that I may perish
  By a soldier’s death!
 
 
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