Oliver Goldsmith

(10 November 1730 – 4 April 1774 / County Longford / Ireland)

Stanzas On The Taking Of Quebec And The Death Of General Wolfe - Poem by Oliver Goldsmith

AMIDST the clamour of exulting joys,
Which triumph forces from the patriot heart,
Grief dares to mingle her soul-piercing voice,
And quells the raptures which from pleasures start.

O WOLFE! to thee a streaming flood of woe,
Sighing we pay, and think e'en conquest dear;
QUEBEC in vain shall teach our breast to glow,
Whilst thy sad fate extorts the heart-wrung tear.

Alive the foe thy dreadful vigour fled,
And saw thee fall with joy-pronouncing eyes:
Yet they shall know thou conquerest, though dead-
Since from thy tomb a thousand heroes rise!


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010



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