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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1051. Such Is the Death the Soldier Dies
By Robert Burns Wilson
  SUCH is the death the soldier dies:
He falls,—the column speeds away;
  Upon the dabbled grass he lies,
His brave heart following, still, the fray.
  The smoke-wraiths drift among the trees,        5
The battle storms along the hill;
  The glint of distant arms he sees;
He hears his comrades shouting still.
  A glimpse of far-borne flags, that fade
And vanish in the rolling din:        10
  He knows the sweeping charge is made,
The cheering lines are closing in.
  Unmindful of his mortal wound,
He faintly calls and seeks to rise;
  But weakness drags him to the ground:—        15
Such is the death the soldier dies.


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