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THE DRUM, by            
First Line: I hate that drum's discordant sound
Last Line: To fill the catalogue of human woes.
Variant Title(s): Ode On Hearing The Drum;report On The Foregoing
Subject(s): Antiwar Movements; Drums; Musical Instruments; Napoleon I (1769-1821); War; Anti-war Protests


I hate that drum's discordant sound,
Parading round, and round, and round:
To thoughtless youth its pleasure yields,
And lures from cities and from fields,
To sell their liberty for charms
Of tawdry lace, and glittering arms;
And when Ambition's voice commands,
To march and fight, and fall, in foreign lands.

I hate that drum's discordant sound,
Parading round, and round, and round:
To me it talks of ravaged plains,
And burning towns, and ruined swains,
And mangled limbs, and dying groans,
And widow's tears, and orphan's moans;
And all that Misery's hand bestows,
To fill the catalogue of human woes.





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