The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 343
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"Here on this new Thermopylae,
Our monument shall tower on high,
And Alamo here after be
In bloodier fields the battle cry."
Thus Travis from the rampart cried-
And when his warriors saw the foe,
Like angry billows move below,
Each dauntless heart at once replied,-
"Welcome the Spartan's death
'Tis no despairing strife-
We fall, we die-but our expiring breath
Is freedom's breath of life.
They come-like Autumn's leaves they fall-
Yet, hordes on hordes, they onward rush-
With gory tramp they scale the wall,
'Till the defenders crush.
The last was fell'd the fight to gain:
Well may the ruffians quake to tell
How Travis and his hundred fell
Amid a thousand foemen slain.
They died the Spartan's death,
But not in hopeles [s] strife
Like brothers died-and their expiring breath
Was Freedom's breath of life.7
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