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ODE WRITTEN IN [THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR] 1746, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: How sleep the brave, who sink to rest
Last Line: To dwell a weeping hermit there!
Variant Title(s): The Sleep Of The Brave;how Sleep The Brave
Subject(s): England; Freedom; Heroism; Holidays; Memorial Day; Peace; Soldiers; English; Liberty; Heroes; Heroines; Declaration Day


How sleep the brave who sink to rest
By all their country's wishes blest!
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallowed mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.

By fairy hands their kneel is rung
By forms unseen their dirge is sung;
There Honor comes, a pilgrim gray,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell a weeping hermit there!




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