Acknowledging that God still lives and reigns.
But I, whose way and goal are pointed out
So clearly now,—I shall no longer doubt
God's providence, but e'en exclaim in death:
"Lord, to Thy will I yield my parting breath!"
Enter Col. Oldham and some of his company, introduced by Crockett and Dickinson.
Be welcome, Colonel Oldham; welcome, men!
What leads your footsteps to this house of death?
The wish that now bestirs each Texan heart,
To serve the best they can their young Republic.
Then it is true, what scarce I could believe?
Thou findest in these letters due assurance.
[He hands some dispatches to Travis.]
As sweeps a fiery blast across the prairie
Upon the pinions of a hurricane,
So spread from town to town, from farm to farm.
The joyous tidings of the Declaration
Of Texan Independence through the land.