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    Song of Death

    by Robert Burns
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    Air--"_Oran an Aoig._"

    ["I have just finished the following song," says Burns to Mrs. Dunlop,
    "which to a lady, the descendant of Wallace, and herself the mother of
    several soldiers, needs neither preface nor apology."]

    _Scene_--A field of battle. Time of the day, evening. The wounded and
    dying of the victorious army are supposed to join in the following
    song:

    I.

    Farewell, thou fair day, thou green earth, and ye skies,
    Now gay with the bright setting sun;
    Farewell loves and friendships, ye dear tender ties--
    Our race of existence is run!

    II.

    Thou grim king of terrors, thou life's gloomy foe!
    Go frighten the coward and slave;
    Go, teach them to tremble, fell tyrant! but know,
    No terrors hast thou to the brave!

    III.

    Thou strik'st the dull peasant--he sinks in the dark,
    Nor saves e'en the wreck of a name;
    Thou strik'st the young hero--a glorious mark!
    He falls in the blaze of his fame!

    IV.

    In the field of proud honour--our swords in our hands,
    Our king and our country to save--
    While victory shines on life's last ebbing sands,
    Oh! who would not die with the brave!
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