But the Consul's brow was sad, and the Consul's speech was low,However I am not certain that one can count one's self a True American if one is not aware of the companion verse, "A Ballad Of The Republic"...
And darkly looked he at the wall, and darkly at the foe.
"Their van will be upon us before the bridge goes down;
And if they once might win the bridge, what hope to save the town?"
Then out spoke brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:
"To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods..."
*You are, are you not?