Enjolras: Song of the Patriot by Edmundus Scotus

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Enjolras: Song of the Patriot by Edmundus Scotus

Postby Col.Despard » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:37 pm

I've been a Lincoln enthusiast since I was oh...about seven years old (my eighth birthday cake was in the shape of a Lincoln portrait...I had an indulgent mother). One facet of that interest, sparked by Carl Sandburg's bio and followed up with a few books specifically on the subject, is the public mourning following his assassination...as orchestrated mid 19th century ritual and as individual expression of grief.

Imagine my delight when this songsheet cover was posted to tumblr:


I had to hunt around for the lyrics, which are pure 19th Century Patriotic Crack. Nothing quite beats the lines rhyming start and smart, and couple it with Enjolras sighing and burning for Patria and getting quite snitty about the accursed wretch who profanes her skirts with his hands, not to mention death's burning breath and lava kisses that bring bliss, and you have absolute gold:

[Source: COLLECTION Sheet Music from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
REPOSITORY Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress
DIGITAL ID scsm0163]

1. Who sing to me the sweetest song,
They sing thy name to me,
Patria, dearest! is it wrong
That thou so dear should’st be?
All other love my heart denies;
Thine lifts me nearer to the skies;
Thy beauty is my tireless theme;
Thou art my hope, thou art my dream;
I sigh, I burn, for thee,
“For thee and only thee,”
My Native Land,
For thee and only thee,
For thee, and only thee,
My Native Land, I sigh, I burn, for thee.

2. Thy loved name is the beacon fire
That onward lighteth me
Patria! let my soul aspire,
Worthy of thee to be.
No other’s cry so makes me start;
No other’s pain so makes me smart:
Accurst the wretch whose daring hand
Profanes thy skirts, my Native Land,
My battle cry shall be,
“For thee, and only thee,”
My Native Land,
For thee, and only thee,
For thee, and only thee,
My Native Land, for thee, and only thee!

3. If it must be that patriot pride
Shall fail of victory
Joyous as groom unto his bride,
I come, O Death, to thee.
Welcome to me thy fateful face;
Welcome shall be thy close embrace;
Thy burning breath, thy lava kiss,
Shall bring to me unwonted bliss
My battle cry shall be,
“For God and Liberty,”
Thrice welcome Death!
For God and Liberty,
For God and Liberty,
Thrice welcome, Death! for God, and Liberty!

Sheet music scans here for those of you who want to play along with this on your pianos...
"The principles of freedom, of humanity, and of justice, will finally triumph over falsehood, tyranny and delusion, and every principle inimical to the interests of the human race" - Edward Despard, 1803

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Re: Enjolras: Song of the Patriot by Edmundus Scotus

Postby Never_Seek_to_Tell » Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:14 am

This is somehow weirdly, poignantly, hilariously, disgustingly right. The whole thing is just...it's tragically hip for the mid-19th century, that's what it is.

I'm so totally gonna sequence this in TuxGuitar. You know it has to sound epic

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Re: Enjolras: Song of the Patriot by Edmundus Scotus

Postby MmeBahorel » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:25 pm

I am cracking up so hard - this is awesome!!!!
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Re: Enjolras: Song of the Patriot by Edmundus Scotus

Postby between4walls » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:40 pm

When I think of death, "lava kisses" somehow don't come to mind. :wink:
Great find, Despard!
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Re: Enjolras: Song of the Patriot by Edmundus Scotus

Postby Patria » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:28 pm

Good god. This is awful/wonderful. Nice find!
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Re: Enjolras: Song of the Patriot by Edmundus Scotus

Postby MmeFeuilly » Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:14 am

I should really probably attempt to sound it out on my piano, seeing as the only tune that came into my head sounded like something like a Newfoundland folk song... Only this one didn't mention fish.
Actually quite funny, still chuckling slightly.
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