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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
André’s Bequest to Washington
By Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806–1867)
 
[From Poems, Sacred, Passionate, and Humorous.—Complete Edition. 1864.]

IT is not the fear of death
  That damps my brow,
It is not for another breath
  I ask thee now;
I can die with a lip unstirred        5
  And a quiet heart—
Let but this prayer be heard
  Ere I depart.
 
I can give up my mother’s look—
  My sister’s kiss;        10
I can think of love—yet brook
  A death like this!
I can give up the young fame
  I burned to win—
All—but the spotless name        15
  I glory in.
 
Thine is the power to give,
  Thine to deny,
Joy for the hour I live—
  Calmness to die.        20
By all the brave should cherish,
  By my dying breath,
I ask that I may perish
  By a soldier’s death!
 
 
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