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Corunna:

 

View from Penasquedo Heights taken in 2000

 

 

 

 

Panorama of Elvina from the Church

 

 

   

 

 

Panorama of Corruna from Mont Mero 2000 (click on picture for larger version)

     

Panorama of Corruna from Mont Mero 1992 the actual battlefield would have been on the right of this picture

  

 

 

Plaque marking site of the building in which Sir John Moore died  

   

   The Old Wall around the Citadel

Plaque with excerpt of  burial of Sir John Moore

  

Tomb of Sir John Moore

The Gardens

  

The Museum

   

 

'The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna'

   Not a drum was heard, nor a funeral note,

    As his corpse to the rampart we hurried;

Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot

    O'er the grave where our hero we buried.

 

  We buried him darkly at dead of night,

    The sods with our bayonets turning;

By the struggling moonbeam's misty light

    And the lantern dimly burning.

 

   No useless coffin enclosed his breast,

    Nor in sheet nor in shroud we wound him;

But he lay like a warrior taking his rest

    With his martial cloak around him.

 

  Few and short were the prayers we said,

    And we spoke not a word of sorrow;

But we steadfastly gazed on the face that was dead,

    And we bitterly thought of the morrow.

 

  We thought, as we hollowed his narrow bed

    And smoothed down his lonely pillow,

That the foe and the stranger would tread o'er his head,

    And we far away on the billow!

 

  Lightly they'll talk of the spirit that's gone

    And o'er his cold ashes upbraid him,--

But little he'll reck, if they let him sleep on

    In the grave where a Briton has laid him.

 

  But half of our heavy task was done

    When the clock struck the hour for retiring:

And we heard the distant and random gun

    That the foe was sullenly firing.

 

  Slowly and sadly we laid him down,

    From the field of his fame fresh and gory;

We carved not a line, and we raised not a stone,

    But left him alone with his glory.

 

                -- Charles Wolfe

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