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ON THIS DAY I COMPLETE MY THIRTY-SIXTH YEAR

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The sword, the banner, and the field,

Glory and Greece, around me see! The Spartan, borne upon his shield,

Was not more free.

Roll on, my song, and to after ages

Tell how, disdaining all earth can give, He would have taught men, from wis

dom's pages,

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Awake! (not Greece — she is awake!) 25 Awake, my spirit ! Think through

whom Thy life-blood tracks its parent lake,

And then strike home! Tread those reviving passions down,

Unworthy manhood! unto thee
Indifferent should the smile or frown

Of beauty be.
If thou regrett'st thy youth, why live?

The land of honorable death
Is here: up to the field, and give

Away thy breath!
Seek out — less often sought than found

A soldier's grave, for thee the best; Then look around, and choose thy ground,

And take thy rest.

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J. C. MANGAN

(1803-1849)

The way to live. And tell how, trampled, derided, hated, And worn by weakness, disease, and

wrong, He Aed for shelter to God, who mated

His soul with song With song which alway, sublime or vapid,

Flowed like a rill in the morning-beam, Perchance not deep, but intense and

rapid,

A mountain stream. Tell how this Nameless, condemned for years long

25 To herd with demons from hell beneath, Saw things that made him, with groans

and tears, long

For even death. Go on to tell how, with genius wasted, Betrayed in friendship, befooled in love,

30 With spirit shipwrecked, and young hopes

blasted,

He still, still strove; Till spent with toil, dreeing death for

others, And some whose hands should have

wrought for him (If children live for sires and

mothers),

His mind grew dim; And he fell far through that pit abysmal, The gulf and grave of Maginn and

Burns, And pawned his soul for the devil's dis

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Stock of returns; But yet redeemed it in days of darkness,

And shapes and signs of the final wrath, When death, in hideous and ghastly stark

ness,

Stood on his path.

THE NAMELESS ONE

(c. 1842)

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