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Lo, on his couch, the victor-victim lying,
Save to the few, the fatal stroke unknown; Above, his gladsome crew, his pennon flying,
And he, with that dark angel, death, alone!
But ever as the loud hurra*
By each new conquest o'er the scattering foe,
When gradual broadening o'er the solemn sky, So life grew dark as glory drew more nigh!
Vain on that gentle heart the levin came;
Nor bays nor mingling myrtle there uptorn; And thoughts, like echoes in a shrine, repeat Familiar memories indistinctly sweet,
That blend his England's with his Emma's name.t
The last guns heard that famous day
Along the deep were dying ;
On a single mast was flying :
The chaplain by his side,
“Look up, the captain cried;
We have won the victory !" “Thank God, thank God,” then feebly said
The Sidney of the sea; I “My duty is done."$ So the race was run,
And thus our Nelson died.
* As often as a ship struck, the crew of the Victory hurra'd, and at every hurra a visible expression of joy gleamed in the eyes and marked the countenance of the dying hero.--- Southey's Nelson.,
"Next to his country she occupied his thoughts.”—Ibid. 1 Nelson resembled Sidney in his fate, but yet more in his humanity. Each insisted, at the last, that the surgeon should leave him and attend to those to whom he might be useful.
$ “Thank God, I have done my duty!" These words he repeatedly pronounced, and they were the last words which he uttered.Ibid.
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