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Join thou their worship on those hills
Of glorious martyrdom.

And while the song of praise ascends,
And while the torrent's voice

Like the swell of many an organ blends,
Then let thy soul rejoice

Rejoice, that human hearts, through scorn,
Through shame, through death, made strong,

Before the rocks and heavens have borne
Witness of God so long!

THE SONGS OF OUR FATHERS.

“Sing aloud

Old songs, the precious music of the heart.”
Wordsworth.

SING them upon the sunny hills,
When days are long and bright,
And the blue gleam of shining rills
Is loveliest to the sight.
Sing them along the misty moor,
Where ancient hunters rov’d,
And swell them through the torrent's roar—

The songs our fathers lov’d

The songs their souls rejoic’d to hear
When harps were in the hall,

And each proud note made lance and spear
Thrill on the banner'd wall:

The songs that through our valleys green,
Sent on from age to age,
Like his own river's voice, have been

The peasant's heritage.

The reaper sings them when the vale
Is fill'd with plumy sheaves;
The woodman, by the starlight pale
Cheer'd homeward through the leaves:
And unto them the glancing oars
A joyous measure keep,
Where the dark rocks that crest our shores

Dash back the foaming deep.

So let it be —a light they shed
O'er each old fount and grove ;

A memory of the gentle dead,
A spell of lingering love :

Murmuring the names of mighty men,
They bid our streams roll on,

And link high thoughts to every glen
Where valiant deeds were done.

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THE SONGS OF OUR FATHERS.

Teach them your children round the hearth,
When evening-fires burn clear,
And in the fields of harvest mirth,
And on the hills of deer :
So shall each unforgotten word,
When far those lov’d ones roam,
Call back the hearts that once it stirr'd,
To childhood's holy home.

The green woods of their native land
Shall whisper in the strain,
The voices of their household band
Shall sweetly speak again;
The heathery heights in vision rise
Where like the stag they rov’d—
Sing to your sons those melodies,
The songs your fathers lov’d.

THE BURIAL
OF

WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR.

LowLy upon his bier
The royal conqueror lay,
Baron and chief stood near

Silent in war-array.

Down the long minster's aisle,
Crowds mutely gazing stream’d,

Altar and tomb, the while,
Through mists of incense gleam'd :

And by the torch's blaze
The stately priest had said

High words of power and praise,
To the glory of the dead.

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