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How Sleep the Brave



Words by William Collins, music by Carlo Bardetti.
Saint Louis: Endres & Compton, c1865.

How Sleep the Brave.
How sleeps the brave, who sinks to rest,
By all his country's wishes bless'd;
When Spring with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck his hallowed mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod,
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.

By fairy hands his knell is rung;
By forms unseen his dirge is sung;
There Honour comes as pilgrim gray,
To bless the turf that wraps his clay
And Freedom shall awhile repair
To dwell a weeping hermit there.

Sheet Music from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana 

Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
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