WARREN'S ADDRESS AT THE BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL


JOHN PIERPONT

    Stand! the ground's your own, my braves!
    Will ye give it up to slaves?
    Will ye look for greener graves?
        Hope ye mercy still?
    What's the mercy despots feel?
    Hear it in that battle peal!
    Read it on yon bristling steel!
        Ask it--ye who will.
    Fear ye foes who kill for hire?
    Will ye to your homes retire?
    Look behind you! they're afire!
        And, before you, see
    Who have done it!--From the vale
    On they come!--and will ye quail?--
    Leaden rain and iron hail
        Let their welcome be!
    In the God of battles trust!
    Die we may--and die we must:
    But, O where can dust to dust
        Be consigned so well,
    As where heaven its dews shall shed,
    On the martyred patriot's bed,
    And the rocks shall raise their head,
        Of his deeds to tell?


Biographical and Historical: John Pierpont was a Unitarian clergyman of  Litchfield Connecticut, who published several volumes of poetry. General Joseph Warren was one of the generals in command of the patriot army at the battle of Bunker Hill, and was killed in the battle. He was counted one of the bravest and most unselfish patriots of the Revolutionary War. In this poem we have the poet's idea of how General Warren inspired his men.


John Pierpont did not write the song "Jingle Bells" as erroneously claimed by Robert Fulghum in his collection of essays It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It (1989). "Jingle Bells" was composed by his son James Lord Pierpont, who lived in Savannah, Georgia, and who was a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, composing songs for the Confederate States of America, including "Our Battle Flag", "Strike for the South", and "We Conquer or Die".


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