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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Russia: Vol. XX.  1876–79.
 
Borodino
Borodino
Anonymous
 
ONE foot in the stirrup, one hand on the mane,
  One toss of white plumes on the air;
Then firm in the saddle, and loosened the rein;
  And the sword-blade gleams bare!
 
A white face stares up from the dark frozen ground;        5
  The prowler will shadow it soon:
The dead and the dying lie writhen around,
  Cold and bright shines the moon!
 
There ’s laurels and gold for the living and proud:
  But the ice-wreath of Fame for the slain;        10
Only Love turns away from the revelling crowd
  To her own on the plain!
 
 
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