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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
May 17
On the Death of General Worth
By George W. Cutter (d. 1865)
          General Worth had a fine record all through the Mexican war. Later he commanded in Texas, where he died at San Antonio on May 17, 1849.

NOW let the solemn minute gun
  Arouse the morning ray,
And only with the setting sun
  In echoes die away.
The muffled drum, the wailing fife,        5
  Ah! let them murmur low,
O’er him who was their breath of life,
  The solemn notes of woe!
At Chippewa and Lundy’s Lane,
  On Polaklaba’s field,        10
Around him fell the crimson rain,
  The battle-thunder pealed;
But proudly did the soldier gaze
  Upon his daring form,
When charging o’er the cannon’s blaze        15
  Amid the sulphur storm.
Upon the heights of Monterey
  Again his flag unrolled,
And when the grape-shot rent away
  Its latest starry fold,        20
His plumed cap above his head
  He waved upon the air,
And cheered the gallant troops he led
  To glorious victory there.
But ah! the dreadful seal is broke—        25
  In darkness walks abroad
The pestilence, whose silent stroke
  Is like the doom of God!
And the hero by its fell decree
  In death is sleeping now,        30
With the laurel wreath of victory
  Still green upon his brow!

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