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On Himself, upon Hearing What was his Sentence

James Graham 1612 (Edinburgh) – 1650 (Edinburgh)

Let them bestow on ev'ry airth a limb;
  Open all my veins, that I may swim
  To Thee, my Saviour, in that crimson lake;
  Then place my parboil'd head upon a stake,
  Scatter my ashes, throw them in the air:
  Lord (since Thou know'st where all these atoms are)
  I'm hopeful once Thou'lt recollect my dust,
  And confident thou'lt raise me with the just.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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James Graham

James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose was a Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier, lord lieutenant and later viceroy and captain general of Scotland. Montrose initially joined the Covenanters in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, but subsequently supported King Charles I as the English Civil War developed. From 1644 to 1646, and again in 1650, he fought in the civil war in Scotland on behalf of the King. He is referred to as the Great Montrose. more…

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