The three serjeants; or, Phases of the soldier's life, recollections of military service in Germany, Holland [&c.] by Thomas Morris, William Morris and William Morris, jun, Volume 251
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Page 223 - How sleep the Brave who sink to rest By all their country's wishes blest! When Spring, with dewy fingers cold, Returns to deck their hallowed mould, She there shall dress a sweeter sod Than Fancy's feet have ever trod. By fairy hands their knell is rung; By forms unseen their dirge is sung; There Honor comes, a pilgrim gray, To bless the turf that wraps their clay; And Freedom shall awhile repair, To dwell a weeping hermit there!
Page 129 - Grand, gloomy, and peculiar, he sat upon the throne, a sceptred hermit, wrapt in the solitude of his own originality. A mind bold, independent, and decisive — a will, despotic in its dictates — an energy that distanced expedition, and a conscience pliable to every touch of interest, marked the outline of this extraordinary...
Page 131 - A royalist, a republican and an emperor; a Mohammedan, a Catholic and a patron of the synagogue; a subaltern and a sovereign, a traitor and a tyrant, a Christian and an infidel, — he was, through all his vicissitudes, the same stern, impatient, inflexible original; the same mysterious, incomprehensible self; the man without a model, and without a shadow.
Page 121 - Till from their line scarce spears' lengths three Emerging from the smoke they see Helmet and plume and panoply — Then waked their fire at once ! Each musketeer's revolving knell, As fast, as regularly fell, As when they practise to display Their discipline on festal day. Then down went helm and lance. Down were the eagle banners sent.
Page 131 - ... history ; nor was there aught too incredible for belief, or too fanciful for expectation, when the world saw a subaltern of Corsica waving his imperial flag over her most ancient capitals.
Page 130 - God but ambition, and with an eastern devotion he knelt at the shrine of his idolatry. Subsidiary to this, there was no creed that he did not profess, there was no opinion...
Page 129 - A mind bold, independent, and decisive — a will despotic in its dictates — an energy that distanced expedition, and a conscience pliable to every touch of interest, marked the outline of this extraordinary character — the most extraordinary, perhaps that in the annals of this world ever rose, or reigned, or fell.
Page 122 - Wheel'd full against their staggering flanks, The English horsemen's foaming ranks Forced their resistless way. Then to the musket-knell succeeds The clash of swords — the neigh of steeds — As plies the smith his clanging trade, Against the cuirass rang the blade...