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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
Death of Du Coudray
 
IN the spring of life he left
  His relatives and hearth,
And bade a long farewell unto
  The land which gave him birth.
Within his young breast glow’d        5
  The patriot’s holy flame:
In the glorious strife for liberty,
  To aid our sires he came.
 
He came in that dark hour
  Which souls the sternest tried:        10
But freely the young warrior bound
  The falchion to his side.
Its burning zeal gave promise
  Of a chivalrous career:
The rolling drum, and cannon peal        15
  Was music to his ear.
 
Ah! Death is often nearest
  When least we deem him nigh:
This noble son of France fell not
  Where warriors meet to die.        20
The banner, bathed in slaughter,
  Alas! was not his shroud:
Nor was the gallant stranger’s pall
  The wreathing battle-cloud.
 
Impatient, in the fearful strife,        25
  To wield his blade untried,
He urged his steed until he reach’d
  The Schuylkill’s rapid tide.
A boat, to bear him over, soon
  Across the flood was sent,        30
And into it the fiery youth,
  Without dismounting, went.
 
Regardless of the rein, the steed,
  (Affrighted by the gleam
Of weapons,) with his rider plunged        35
  Into the foaming stream.
His comrades fruitless efforts
  To save their leader made:
They saw the waves close over him,
  But could afford no aid.        40
 
Forget him not, Americans!
  Green let his memory be!
To die in your defence, he came
  Across the stormy sea.
Your children teach, from infancy,        45
  To reverence his name,
And give to him a lofty place
  Upon the page of Fame.
 
 
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