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YE MARINERS OF ENGLAND.
YE mariners of England!
The battle and the breeze:
Your glorious standard launch again,
And sweep through the deep,
The spirit of your fathers
Britannia needs no bulwark,
Her march is o'er the mountain
Her home is on the deep.
With thunders from her native oak
The meteor flag of England
Till danger's troubled night depart,
In both from age to age, thou didst rejoice,
They were thy chosen music, Liberty!
There came a tyrant, and with holy glee
Thou foughtst against him, but hast vainly striven;
Thou from thy Alpine holds at length art driven,
Where not a torrent murmurs heard by thee.
Of one deep bliss thine ear hath been bereft:
Then cleave, O cleave to that which still is left;
For, high-souled maid, what sorrow would it be
That mountain floods should thunder as before,
And ocean bellow from his rocky shore,
And neither awful voice be heard by thee!
Commanding fires of death to light The darkness of her scenery.
By torch and trumpet fast arrayed, Each horseman drew his battle blade, And furious every charger neighed, To join the dreadful revelry.
Then shook the hills with thunder riven,
Then rushed the steed to battle driven,
And louder than the bolts of heaven Far flashed the red artillery.
But redder yet that light shall
On Linden's hills of stainèd snow,
'Tis morn, but scarce yon lurid sun Can pierce the war-clouds, rolling dun,
Where furious Frank and fiery Hun Shout in their sulphurous canopy.
The combat deepens. On, ye brave, Who rush to glory, or the grave! Wave, Munich, all thy banners wave! And charge with all thy chivalry!
Ah! few shall part where many meet!
The snow shall be their windingsheet,
And every turf beneath their feet
IT is not to be thought of that the flood
Of British freedom, which, to the open sea
Of the world's praise, from dark antiquity
Hath flowed, "with pomp of waters unwithstood,"
Roused though it be full often to a mood
Which spurns the check of salutary bands,
That this most famous stream in bogs and sands
Should perish, and to evil and to good
Still bidding crouch whom the rest bade aspire. Blot out his name, then, - record one lost soul more,
One task more declined, one more foot-path untrod,
One more triumph for devils, and sorrow for angels,
One wrong more to man, one more insult to God!
Life's night begins; let him never come back to us!
There would be doubt, hesitation, and pain,
Forced praise on our part, the glimmer of twilight,
Never glad confident morning again!
Best fight on well, for we taught him, -strike gallantly,
Aim at our heart ere we pierce through his own; Then let him receive the new knowledge and wait us, Pardoned in Heaven, the first by the throne!