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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
 
III. War
Warren’s Address
John Pierpont (1785–1866)
 
STAND! 1 the ground ’s your own, my braves!
Will ye give it up to slaves?
Will ye look for greener graves?
      Hope ye mercy still?
What ’s the mercy despots feel?        5
Hear it in that battle-peal!
Read it on yon bristling steel!
      Ask it,—ye who will.
 
Fear ye foes who kill for hire?
Will ye to your homes retire?        10
Look behind you!—they ’re afire!
      And, before you, see
Who have done it! From the vale
On they come!—and will ye quail?
Leaden rain and iron hail        15
      Let their welcome be!
 
In the God of battles trust!
Die we may,—and die we must:
But, O, where can dust to dust
      Be consigned so well,        20
As where heaven its dews shall shed
On the martyred patriot’s bed,
And the rocks shall raise their head,
      Of his deeds to tell?
 
Note 1. General Joseph Warren, who fell at the battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. [back]
 
 
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