Joy to the Victors


   

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Words by Walter Scott

Published 1868

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Joy to the victors! the sons of old Aspen!
Joy to the race of the battle and scar!
Glory's proud garlands triumphantly grasping;
Gen'rous in peace and victorious in war.
Honour acquiring,
Valour inspiring,
Burning resistless, thro' foemen they go:
War axes wielding,
Broken ranks yielding,
Till from the battle proud Rod'ric retiring,
Yields in wild rout the fair palm to his foe,
(Till from the battle proud Rod'ric retiring,)
Yields in wild rout the fair palm to his foe,
Till from the battle proud Rod'ric retiring,
Yields in wild rout the fair palm to his foe.

Now to our home, the proud mansion of Aspen,
Bend we gay victors triumphant away;
There each fond damsel her gallant youth clasping,
Shall wipe from his forehead the stains of the fray.
List'ning the prancing
Of horses advancing,
E'en now on the turrets our maidens appear;
Love our hearts warming,
Songs the night charming,
Round goes the grape in the goblet gay dancing.
Love, wine and song our blithe ev'ning shall cheer!
(Round goes the grape in the goblet gay dancing.)
Love, love, wine and song our blithe ev'ning shall cheer!
Round goes the grape in the goblet gay dancing.
Love, wine and song our blithe ev'ning shall cheer!

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