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First Line: And is this stone his monument?
Last Line: A requiem sweet and soft.
Subject(s): Boone, Daniel (1734-1820); Kentucky


And is this stone his monument?
His ashes lying here?
Immortal, heroic Daniel Boone,
Kentucky's pioneer?

Has he not o'er these burial grounds
Grim, savage war chiefs faced?
Has he not here the panther fierce,
The bear and wild deer chased?

Deep in the unbroken forest
And mountain fastnesses,
And broad and uncleared wilderness,
Contentment pure was his.

For ordained by Providence he seemed,
Its instrument to have been
For making Kentucky's wilderness
A dwelling place for men.

Sleep on, immortal hero!
Brave, dauntless pioneer;
Kentucky's sons will ever hold
Your name and memory dear,

While the old Kentucky river,
Whose tide you've forded oft,
With rippling music sings for you
A requiem sweet and soft.




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