THE SIXTH OF MARCH
By LYNN ELIOT
This was the day the Alamo's brave sons
Bartered their lives in their last gallant stand
Before they paused, still clubbing empty guns,
To stride unconquered to the Unknown Land.
No other day in all recorded time
Was ever hallowed with braver blood than theirs;
Few days can boast a memory so sublime
It needs not history's homage nor our tears.
Born in the shadow of the flag of death,
Christened with blood as bold as any on earth,
Swathed in a cannon's hot and smoky breath,
This was a day of destiny, from birth.
Not death nor fire nor victory's drumming beat
Can dim these hours of triumph in defeat.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146053/. Accessed September 2, 2015.