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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
With so merciless a foe;
When the nerves of heroes fail'd,
Cowards then could strike a blow.

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.'

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"Underwalden thus expired;
But at her expiring flame,
With fraternal feeling fired,
Lo, a band of Switzers came.2

"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,
Death and silence all behind.

How the forest of the foe Bow'd before the thunder-strokes, When they laid the cedars low, When they overwhelm'd the oaks.

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"Thus they hew'd their dreadful way;
Till, by numbers forced to yield,
Terrible in death they lay,
The AVENGERS OF THE FIELD."

PART IV.

The Wanderer relates the circumstances attending the Death of Albert.

SHEPHERD.

PLEDGE the memory of the Brave, And the Spirits of the dead;

Pledge the venerable Grave,
Valor's consecrated bed.

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'Wanderer, cheer thy drooping soul, This inspiring goblet take;

Drain the deep delicious bowl,
For thy martyr'd brethren's sake."

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

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WANDERER'S DAUGHTER.

"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.

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"So, in regions wild and wide,
We will pierce the savage woods,
Clothe the rocks in purple pride,
Plow the valleys, tame the floods;

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.

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