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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
André’s Request to Washington
By Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806–1867)
 
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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