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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

Travis.

[Trembling with joy]

The—Independence—of the—State—of Texas?

Dickinson.

Pronounced by the Convention on the second.

Travis.

So hurry, Dickinson, that I may hear
The joyous tidings from the men's own lips.

[Exit Dickinson.]

Almighty Lord in Heaven above, Thou hast
Received and heard my bosom's crying voice
Beyond what e'en my fondest wish conceived.
I begged one ray,—Thou givest me a sun;
I craved one hope,—Thou sheddest o'er my soul
A wealth of radiant assurances;
I prayed, that not quite useless were my death,
And lo! Thou crown'st my latest hours on earth
With heavenly light, with glory as of Eden!
Though parting from this world I leave behind
Friends in distress, related souls in grief,
I know that Thou, oh. Lord, wilt turn all things
Unto their best, and hence I sorrow not!
Oh! could the wavering sceptic who disputes
God's lordly power,—oh! could the atheist,
Proud in his self-assuming creed, be here,—
Upon their knees they reverently would sink,