by Thomas Campbell


On Linden, when the sun was low,
All bloodless lay the untrodden snow;
And dark as winter was the flow
     Of Iser, rolling rapidly.
But Linden saw another sight,
When the drum beat at dead of night
Commanding fires of death to light
     The darkness of her scenery.
By torch and trumpet fast array’d.
Each horseman drew his battle-blade,
And furious every charger neigh’d
     To join the dreadful revelry.
Then shook the hills with thunder riven;
Then rush’d the steed, to battle driven;
And louder than the bolts of Heaven
     Far flash’d the red artillery.
But redder yet that light shall glow
On Linden’s hills of stainéd snow;
And bloodier yet the torrent flow
     Of Iser, rolling rapidly.
‘Tis morn; but scarce yon level sun
Can pierce the war-clouds, rolling dun,
Where furious Frank and fiery Hun
     Shout in their sulphurous canopy.
The combat deepens. On, ye Brave
Who rush to glory, or the grave!
Wave, Munich, all thy banners wave,
      And charge with all thy chivalry!
Few, few shall part, where many meet!
The snow shall be their winding-sheet,
And every turf beneath their feet
     Shall be a soldier’s sepulchre.
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