Tell as a Marksman were forgotten

Tell as a Marksman were forgotten
Tell this Day endures
Ruddy as that coeval Apple
The Tradition bears

Fresh as Mankind that humble story
Though a statelier Tale
Grown in the Repetition hoary
Scarcely would prevail

Tell had a son The ones that knew it
Need not linger here
Those who did not to Human Nature
Will subscribe a Tear

Tell would not bare his Head
In Presence
Of the Ducal Hat
Threatened for that with Death by Gessler
Tyranny bethought

Make of his only Boy a Target
That surpasses Death
Stolid to Love’s supreme entreaty
Not forsook of Faith

Mercy of the Almighty begging
Tell his Arrow sent
God it is said replies in Person
When the cry is meant

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Tell as a Marksman were forgotten