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130. it is great for our country to die.

by James G. Percival.
Oh! it is great for our country to die, where ranks are contending;
     Bright is the wreath of our fame; glory awaits us for aye--
Glory that never is dim, shining on with light never-ending--
     Glory that never shall fade, never, 0 never, away!

Oh! it is sweet for our country to die! How softly reposes
     Warrior youth on his bier, wet by the tears of his love,
Wet by a mother's warm tears; they crown him with garlands of roses,
     Weep, and then joyously turn, bright where he triumphs above.

Not to the shades shall the youth descend who for country hath perished;
     Hebe awaits him in heaven, welcomes him there with her smile;
There at the banquet divine, the patriot spirit is cherished;
     Gods love the young who ascend pure from the funeral pile.

Not to Elysian fields, by the still, oblivious river;
     Not to the isles of the blest, over the blue, rolling sea;
But on Olympian heights shall dwell the devoted forever;
     There shall assemble the good, there the wise, valiant, and free.

Oh! then how great for our country to die — in the front rank to perish,
     Firm with our breast to the foe, Victory's shout in our ear!
Long they our statues shall crown, in songs our memory cherish;
     We shall look forth from our heaven, pleased the sweet music to hear.

--Boston Transcript, May 28.

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