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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
 
Warren’s Address to the American Soldiers, before the Battle of Bunker Hill
By John Pierpont (1785–1866)
 
STAND! 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 consign’d so well,        20
As where heaven its dews shall shed
On the martyr’d patriot’s bed,
And the rocks shall raise their head,
  Of his deeds to tell!
 
 
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