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Pages: 20

Language: English

Publisher: (5 July 2012)

By: James Smart Linwood (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...Yours now the fray: oh! for your lineage on Despite of doom, of vapour, and of flame, Till Alma's heights and spoils of Victory won Ye view fair glory's smile lighting War's visage dun! Onward, brave hearts! through stream and up the height, Your ranks are shattered, but ye still remain Invincible in spirit: oh! the fight Sends the hot blood like lightning through each vein. A cheer? 'tis well, ye stand upon firm ground, One moment's pause for breath, then on apace: The foemen are before ye: ah! the bound That instant tells three hosts the mighty prey is found! There is a shock, a struggle, and a whirl: The thunder-peal of cannon and the clash Of steel opposing steel: the upward curl Of the thick vapour, while close columns dash Hither and thither--see, the heights are gained! Another charge and the fell fray is won: Onward they speed and will not be restrained Though brave hearts spare that flood with which the Earth is stained. 'Tis over now--the battle heat is past: The vaunted legions of the North have fled, And stand stern England and proud France at last, Conquerors amid the dying and the dead. Woe's me! a tributary stream of blood Crimsoned pellucid Alma: pouring down The mountain side as though it were a flood Bearing in haste away the links of brotherhood! Adieu ye brave who slumber with the dead! Your deeds heroic shall full brightly shine From the cold dust where rests the weary head! Poets of coming ages shall combine To celebrate your fame: the cause shall bless Your ardent valour, and profoundly move The children of the future: consciousness Of why ye died moves heart to woman's tenderness! FRAGMENT. A tempest wild doth beat and break Within his breast who dares deny The fulness of that prophecy, Which e'en th' unwilling soul must...

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