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    The Taking of Quebec

    by Oliver Goldsmith
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    STANZAS ON THE TAKING OF QUEBEC, AND DEATH OF
    GENERAL WOLFE

    AMIDST the clamour of exulting joys,
    Which triumph forces from the patriot heart,
    Grief dares to mingle her soul-piercing voice,
    And quells the raptures which from pleasures start.

    O WOLFE! to thee a streaming flood of woe, 5
    Sighing we pay, and think e'en conquest dear;
    QUEBEC in vain shall teach our breast to glow,
    Whilst thy sad fate extorts the heart-wrung tear.

    Alive the foe thy dreadful vigour fled,
    And saw thee fall with joy-pronouncing eyes: 10
    Yet they shall know thou conquerest, though dead--
    Since from thy tomb a thousand heroes rise!
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