The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 21, July 1917 - April, 1918 Page: 157
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Contemporary Poetry of the Texan Revolution
necessary notes and annotations as regards author, time of pub-
lication, and, where known, the newspaper, periodical, or book,
wherein first published.
It is hoped that the heart throbs here so faithfully depicted
for love of home, freedom, independence, patriotism, and human-
ity, will find an echo in the hearts and minds of our own gener-
ation, who are the descendants of these sturdy pioneers, who
planted fields in the wilderness, and upon the beautiful, flower-
decked prairies, built their log cabins with axe in one hand and
rifle in the: other, and finally left, as a blessed heritage, this beau-
tiful Texas, "the Lone Star State," for us to cherish and guard,
by emulating the virtues of hospitality, courage and simplicity,
so forcefully exemplified in their struggle for liberty and freedom.
As a prelude to the Texas poems, I wish to insert the follow-
ing beautiful lines of fugitive poetry:
TO THE PIONEER
A dirge for the brave old pioneer!
The patriarch of his tribe!
Hie sleeps--no pompous pile marks where,
No lines his deeds describe.
They raised no stone above him here,
Nor carved his deathless name;
An empire is his sepulchre,
His epitaph is fame.
Boys, rub your steels and pick your flints,
Methinks I hear some friendly hints
That we from Texas shall be driven-
Our lands to Spanish soldiers given.
To arms, to arms, to arms!
Then Santa Anna soon shall know
Where all his martial law shall go.
1These verses were written by N. T. Byars, of Washington, Texas, in
1835, upon the occasion of the receipt of a threatening proclamation from
Santa Anna, addressed to the people of Texas. The declaration of Texas
independence was written and signed in the house of N. T. Byars.
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