Brief Memoir of Major-Gen. Sir John Geo. Woodford: A Paper Read to the Keswick Literary and Scientific Society, March 20th, 1880

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W. Kent, 1881 - 63 Seiten

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Seite iv - We thought as we hollowed his narrow bed And smoothed down his lonely pillow, That the foe and the stranger would tread o'er his head, And we far away on the billow. Lightly they'll talk of the spirit that's gone And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him, — But little he'll reck, if they let him sleep on In the grave where a Briton has laid him.
Seite iv - By the struggling moonbeam's misty light And the lantern dimly burning. No useless coffin enclosed his breast, Not in sheet nor in shroud we wound him; But he lay like a warrior taking his rest With his martial cloak around him.
Seite iv - By the struggling moonbeam's misty light, And the lantern dimly burning. No useless coffin enclosed his breast, Nor in sheet nor in shroud we wound him ; But he lay like a warrior taking his rest, With his martial cloak around him.
Seite iv - Lightly they'll talk of the spirit that's gone, And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him — But little he'll reck, if they let him sleep on In the grave where a Briton has laid him.
Seite iv - Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note, As his corse to the rampart we hurried ; Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot O'er the grave where our hero we buried. We buried him darkly at dead of night, The sods with our bayonets turning ; By the struggling moonbeam's misty light And the lantern dimly burning. No useless coffin enclosed his breast...
Seite iv - I hope the People of England will be satisfied! - I hope my Country will do me justice!
Seite v - It is a great satisfaction to me to know that we have beaten the French." He was firm and composed to the last ; once only, when speaking of his mother, he betrayed great emotion. " You know," said he, to his old friend colonel Anderson, " that I always wished to die this way ! " The bitter agony of spirit which he had long endured was thus mournfully evidenced.
Seite 28 - Without a moment's hesitation, he launched these against the cavalry near La Belle Alliance. The charge was as successful as it was daring ; and as there was now no hostile cavalry to check the British infantry in a forward movement, the duke gave the long-wished-for command for a general advance of the army along the whole line upon the foe.
Seite iv - But half of our heavy task was done, When the clock toll'd the hour for retiring; And we heard the distant and random gun That the foe was sullenly firing. Slowly and sadly we laid him down, From the field of his fame fresh and gory ! We carved not a line, we raised not a stone, But we left him — alone with his glory!
Seite 27 - Fresh troops were at the same time sent to assail La Haye Sainte and Hougoumont, the possession of these posts being the Emperor's unceasing object. Squadron after squadron of the French cuirassiers accordingly ascended the slopes on the duke's right, and rode forward with dauntless courage against the batteries of the British artillery in that part of the field. The artillerymen were driven from their guns, and the cuirassiers cheered loudly at their supposed triumph. But the duke had formed his...

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