1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gen. John Burgoyne

John Trumbull, in "The Genius of America" (1778); Poetical Works (1820) 2:99-100.



Lo, from the north, what countless myriads roll,
Nations of war and legions of the brave,
With all the sable tribes of savage soul
From frozen climes and Huron's wintry wave!
The fierce Burgoyne drives on th' infuriate train,
Sounds the dire death-song through the frowning wood.
Vain threat! my gath'ring sons thy pomp disdain,
Thy tongue of thunder and thy hands of blood.
Of small avail, when doom'd in arms t' engage
My Gates's caution calm, my Lincoln's noble rage.