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THE BURIAL OF SIR JOHN MOORE.
[By the Rev. CHARLES WOLFE, A.B.)
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 was buried.
We buried him darkly at dead of night,
The sods with our bayonets turning;
And the lantern dimly burning.
No useless coffin enclosed his breast,
Not in sheet or in shroud we wound him ; But he lay like a warrior taking his rest,
With his martial cloak around him.
Few and short were the prayers we said,
And we spoke not a word of sorrow;
And we bitterly thought of the morrow.
We thought, as we hollow'd his narrow bed,
And smooth'd 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,
In the grave where a Briton has laid him.
But half of our heavy task was done,
When the clock struck the hour for retiring ; Aud we heard the distant and random gun
That the foe was suddenly firing.
Slowly and sadly we laid him down,
From the field of his fame fresh and gory; We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone
But we left him alone with his glory!
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T bus new, he Commanderimi sitive the ices mi inirersai regret wuch the dealt Creusetitinka General Sir John Moore has OCCINOR'yesil file mops the military career of that illustrious client fin the instruction and imitation.
Sir John Moore from his youth embraced the point sion with the feelings and sentiments of solice, le felt that a perfect knowledge and an entot pestissements of the humble, but important duties of a subaltern williams are the best foundations for subsequent multiary filmes and his ardent mind, while it looked forward to the menu brilliant achievements for which it was formed were itself with energy and exemplary assiduity to the of that station.
In the school of regimental duty he obtained the correct knowledge of his profession so pseputint die doen proper direction of the gallant spirit of the soldier, med he was enabled to establish a charne tenisine suider med regularity of conduct, because the troppo found in the ne
eest that a ple, but import: for subsexy of the best found at while it
leader a striking example of the discipline which he enforced on others.
Having risen to command, he signalized his name in the West Indies, in Holland, and in Egypt.
The unremitting attention with which he devoted himself to the duties of every branch of his profession obtained him the confidence of Sir Ralph Abercrombie, and he became the companion in arms of that illustrious officer, who fell at the head of his victorious troops, in an action which maintained our national superiority over the arms of France.
Thus Sir John Moore, at an early period, obtained, with general approbation, that conspicuous station in which he gloriously terminated his useful and honourable life.
In a military character, obtained amidst the dangers of climate, the privations incident to service, and the sufferings of repeated wounds, it is difficult to select any one point as a preferable subject for praise. It exhibits, however, one feature so particularly characteristic of the man, and so important to the best interests of the service, that the Commander-in-chief is pleased to mark it with his peculiar approbation.
The life of Sir John Moore was spent amongst the troops.
During the season of repose, his time was devoted to the care and instruction of the officer and soldier; in war, he courted service in every quarter of the globe. Regardless of personal considerations, he esteemed that to which his country called him the post of honour; and by his undaunted spirit, and unconquerable perseverance, he pointed the way to victory.
His country, the object of his latest solicitude, will rear a monument to his lamented memory; and the Commander-in-chief feels he is paying the best tribute to his fame, by thus holding him forth as an example to the army.
By Order of His Royal Highness the Commander-inchief.
Adjutant-General. Horse Guards, 1st February, 1809.