Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VIII. National Spirit
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
III. War
George Lunt (1803–1885)
For One Slain in Battle

BREATHE, trumpets, breathe
  Slow notes of saddest wailing,—
Sadly responsive peal, ye muffled drums;
Comrades, with downcast eyes
    And banners trailing,        5
    Attend him home,—
The youthful warrior comes.
Upon his shield,
  Upon his shield returning,
Borne from the field of honor        10
  Where he fell;
Glory and grief, together clasped
  In mourning,
His fame, his fate
  With sobs exulting tell.        15
Wrap round his breast
  The flag his breast defended,—
His country’s flag,
  In battle’s front unrolled:
For it he died;        20
  On earth forever ended
His brave young life
  Lives in each sacred fold.
With proud fond tears,
  By tinge of shame untainted,        25
Bear him, and lay him
  Gently in his grave:
Above the hero write,—
  The young, half-sainted,—
His country asked his life,        30
  His life he gave!

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