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"Who shall now your deeds relate? Ye that fell unwept, unknown; Mourning for your country's fate, But rejoicing in your own.
"Virtue, valor, nought avail'd
Cold and keen the assassin's blade Smote the father to the ground; Through the infant's breast convey'd To the mother's heart a wound.'
"Underwalden thus expired;
"From the steeps beyond the lake, Like a Winter's weight of snow, When the huge Lavanges break, Devastating all below;
"Down they rush'd with headlong might, Swifter than the panting wind;
All before them fear and flight,
How the forest of the foe Bow'd before the thunder-strokes, When they laid the cedars low, When they overwhelm'd the oaks.
"Thus they hew'd their dreadful way;
The Wanderer relates the circumstances attending the Death of Albert.
PLEDGE the memory of the Brave, And the Spirits of the dead;
Pledge the venerable Grave,
'Wanderer, cheer thy drooping soul, This inspiring goblet take;
Drain the deep delicious bowl,
1 An indiscriminate massacre followed the battle.
2 Two hundred self-devoted heroes from the Canton of Switz arrived, at the close of the battle, to the aid of their Brethren of Underwalden, and perished to a man, after having slain thrice their number.
3 The Lavanges are tremendous torrents of melting snow
"Does not love!-my father, hear; Hear me, or my heart will break; Dear is life, but only dear
For my parents', children's sake.
"So, in regions wild and wide,
1 There is a tradition among the Swiss, that they are descended from the ancient Scandinavians; among whom, in a remote age, there arose so grievons a famine, that it was determined in the assembly of the Nation, that every tenth man and his family should quit their country, and seek a new possession. Six thousand, chosen by lot, thus emigrated at once from the North. They prayed to God to conduct them to a land like their own, where they might dwell in freedom and quiet, finding food for their families, and pasture for their cattle. God, says the tradition, led them to a valley among the Alps, where they cleared away the forests, built the town of Switz, and afterwards peopled and cultivated the cantons of Uri and Underwalden.