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William McCarty, comp.  The American National Song Book.  1842.
 
On the Death of General Wolfe
 
From the Pennsylvania Gazette, October 25, 1759 (Published by B. Franklin)

WHAT honours, Wolfe, should thy brave brows adorn?
Shall fading wreaths, by other heroes worn?
Not breathing marble, nor enlivening brass,
Though there thy manly form the eye may trace;
Not columns stately rising from the plain,        5
To tell the victories which thy arms did gain?
Not generous praise, which tuneful bards convey,
Which lasts when other monuments decay,
Though many a British bard thy fall shall mourn,
And sing melodious dirges o’er thy urn;        10
No works of mortal hands, or mortal wit
Thy virtues equal, or thy fame befit:
Heaven saw, and straight prepared a nobler prize,
And to receive it snatch’d thee to the skies.
 
 
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