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IN THE PASS OF KILLICRANKY

          SIX thousand veterans practised in war's game,
          Tried men, at Killicranky were arrayed
          Against an equal host that wore the plaid,
          Shepherds and herdsmen.--Like a whirlwind came
          The Highlanders, the slaughter spread like flame;
          And Garry, thundering down his mountain-road,
          Was stopped, and could not breathe beneath the load
          Of the dead bodies.--'Twas a day of shame
          For them whom precept and the pedantry
          Of cold mechanic battle do enslave.                         10
          O for a single hour of that Dundee,
          Who on that day the word of onset gave!
          Like conquest would the Men of England see;
          And her Foes find a like inglorious grave.


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