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First Line: Has nelson heard?'
Last Line: "o, nobly died! O glorious englishmen!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Brown, T. E.
Subject(s): Nelson, Horatio, Viscount (1758-1805); Sea Battles; Naval Warfare

"HAS Nelson heard?"
Death's angel spake what time the sea was rent
With that big plunge. Far hand-clap, and the word --

Content; even so,
Great sailor, let the immortal signal fly --
Enough! we know our duty, and we know
To die.

To die. No loud
Thunder of battle shakes the furious scene;
And, if we die in silence, are you proud,
O Queen?

O Queen, 'tis thus
For you we die, no matter where or when
Or how we die, the while you say of us --
"O, nobly died! O glorious Englishmen!"

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