Joseph Warren, M. D.

Joseph Warren, M. D.  (1875) 
by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Trained in the holy art whose lifted shield
  Wards off the darts a never-slumbering foe,
  By hearth and wayside lurking, waits to throw,
Oppression taught his helpful arm to wield
The slayer's weapon: on the murderous field
  The fiery bolt he challenged laid him low,
  Seeking its noblest victim. Even so
The charter of a nation must be sealed!
  The healer's brow the hero's honors crowned,
From lowliest duty called to loftiest deed.
  Living, the oak-leaf wreath his temples bound;
Dying, the conqueror's laurel was his meed,
Last on the broken ramparts' turf to bleed
  Where Freedom's victory in defeat was found.

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.