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Txsau e580 4 t4 j67 1865 004

"Crown ye the brave! Crown ye the brave!
As through your streets they ride,
And the sunbeams dance on the polished arms,
of the warriors side by side;
Shower on them your sweetest flowers,
Let the air ring with their praise"

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San Jac Descendant

I wonder if this verse could be attributed to Herman Melville?

Ben Brumfield

Google Books finds it in an 1836 issue of "The Magazine of THE BEAU MONDE; or Monthly Journal of Fashion" (London):!+Crown+ye+the+brave!+As+through+your+streets+they+ride,+And+the+sunbeams+dance+on+the+polished+arms,+of+the+warriors+side+by+side;+Shower+on+them+your+sweetest+flowers,+Let+the+air+ring+with+their+praise&source=bl&ots=RTpImcmOrZ&sig=eFRzwaNvGeIMu2dUf-Ghp3bdmu4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Sd4GUvytOYjR2QW3_oHoBw&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Crown%20ye%20the%20brave!%20Crown%20ye%20the%20brave!%20As%20through%20your%20streets%20they%20ride%2C%20And%20the%20sunbeams%20dance%20on%20the%20polished%20arms%2C%20of%20the%20warriors%20side%20by%20side%3B%20Shower%20on%20them%20your%20sweetest%20flowers%2C%20Let%20the%20air%20ring%20with%20their%20praise&f=false It's not attributed there, and appears in an earlier issue, so I don't think we have it solved.

Ben Brumfield

It also appears in "The Poetical Work of Mrs. Felicia Hemans, Vol. 2", which makes me think the Joskins's attribution is "(Hemans)"