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THE FALL OF THE ALAMO

4.

The war at end, I homeward tacked,
To settle down in ease,
But no! my friends chose me to act
As Justice of the Peace.
I could not write; hence good and brief
My warrants sounded: "Catch the thief!"
But never once I favored wrong.
Or crushed the poor, or fawned the strong.
And so it came, that with my name
Was blent an upright Judge's fame.

5.

For Congress then a nominee
I took the stump and ran,
And was elected handsomely
O'er every other man.
In Congress then at Washington
I sat as silent as a nun;
Yet though I spake but "Aye" and "Nay,"
My vote was honest any way.
And so I gained a world-wide fame,
As Congressman without a blame.

6.

Now after a ten months' sojourn
'Mong my Comanche friends,
I have resolved my steps to turn
Where my life's journey ends.