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British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism 1793-1815, by Betty T. Bennet, Edited by Orianne Smith

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1801.7
The Field of Battle
[James Henry Leigh Hunt][1]
The Morning Chronicle (September 11, 1801)

From the Ingenious Author of "Juvenilia,"
                A Youth of 16

        The Deed of Blood is o'er!
    And, hark, the Trumpet's mournful breath
    Low murmurs round it a Note of Death—
        The Mighty are no more!

How solemn slow that distant Groan!—
    O, could AMBITION, wild with fear,
    The deep prophetic Warning hear,
    And, looking, listning vain around
    For one soul-soothing, softer sound,
    While near, unseen, the Fiends of Hell
    Toll round the wretch his fancied Knell,
                           Rave all alone!

        But, hark, soft Plaints arise!—
    Friendship, adieu; farewel, soft Love!
    I go to smiling Peace above:—
        The Friend, the Lover dies!

Yet, happy Soul to Freedom giv'n,
    Go where no proud tyrannic Lord
    Drives Man upon his Brother's sword;
    Where Angels from thine arms shall tear
    The Chains AMBITION bade thee wear;
    Where, on the once pale Cheek of Woe,
    In Smiles immortal, Roses blow—
                          The Bloom of Heav'n!


Notes

1. This poem is not included in the collected works of Hunt.

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September 2004