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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. I–II: Colonial Literature, 1607–1764
 
An Epitaph for Braddock
Verse of the French and Indian War
 
[Braddock’s Fate, with an Incitement to Revenge. Composed, by one Tilden, August 20, 1755.]

BENEATH this stone brave Braddock lies,
Who always hated cowardice,
But fell a savage sacrifice;
    Amidst his Indian foes.
I charge you, heroes, of the ground,        5
To guard his dark pavilion round,
And keep off all obtruding sound,
    And cherish his repose.
 
Sleep, sleep, I say, brave, valiant man,
Bold death, at last, has bid thee stand,        10
And to resign thy great demand,
    And cancel thy commission:
Altho’ thou didst not much incline,
Thy post and honors to resign;
Now iron slumber doth confine;        15
    None envies thy condition.
 
 
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