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O, BREATHE NOT HIS NAME!, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: O, breathe not his name! Let it sleep in the shade
Last Line: Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.
Alternate Author Name(s): Little, Thomas
Variant Title(s): Oh! Breathe Not His Name
Subject(s): Emmet, Robert (1778-1803); Ireland - Rebellions; Nature

O, BREATHE not his name! let it sleep in the shade,
Where cold and unhonored his relics are laid;
Sad, silent, and dark be the tears that we shed,
As the night-dew that falls on the grave o'er his

But the night-dew that falls, though in silence
it weeps,
Shall brighten with verdure the grave where he
And the tear that we shed, though in secret it
Shall long keep his memory green in our souls.

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