• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dead-march a piece of solemn music played at funeral processions, esp. of soldiers
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deád; Goth. dauths, Ger. todt, from root of die.


In literature:

Our horses and men were deadly tired after their long march, and the watering problem was acute.
"With Our Army in Palestine" by Antony Bluett
They marched along in dead silence, and got into the elevator.
"We Ten" by Lyda Farrington Krausé
Still they marched on over wounded and dying and dead.
"The Land We Live In" by Henry Mann
The "Dead March in Saul" was played at the commencement, and the service was most impressive throughout.
"The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion)" by Various
If the dead march in Saul had been playing before us all the way, we could not have marched more gravely, or rather sulkily, to our inn.
"The Stranger in France" by John Carr
As the flood waters receded on March 27th, the authorities immediately began the work of removing the dead.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
On the 19th of March, 1855, Nicholas I was dead.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
Play the Dead March as you go along.
"Cowboy Songs" by Various
A musical voluntary and the "Dead March" concluded the impressive service.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Here, alone in Flanders, there was still music in the streets, even if it was often a dead march.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
We went ashore, and first we marched up to the high cross we had put up to mark the graves of our dead companions.
"Famous Islands and Memorable Voyages" by Anonymous
Here, through this perilous black cylinder of the hills, they marched at dead of night.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
All the while Azzie played her solemn dead march.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Be in dead earnest, and face the future, and forward march!
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Behind, silent and innumerable, march the army of the dead.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
For several days this dead march was kept up, Boone looking every hour for his chance of escape.
"The Adventures of Daniel Boone: the Kentucky rifleman" by Uncle Philip
There is no power on earth that can stand before the onward march of God's people when they are in dead earnest.
"To The Work! To The Work!" by Dwight Moody
He was left, the band playing a lively march as if to drown all thought of the dead.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
If you were not so dead tired, you'd march better.
"Within Prison Walls" by Thomas Mott Osborne
Each man held his gun up-side down, as a sign that the dead would war no more, and the drums beat the dead march.
"The Life of George Washington" by Josephine Pollard

In poetry:

The shining stars are sunk in darkness deep,
The weary sun is dead at night,
The moon’s soft smile doth fade anon;
But still my soul is marching on!
"My Soul Is Marching On!" by Paramahansa Yogananda
The eterna materia goes marching on
happily through your gut's dark cavern-cells,
and to the dead waste rich life is given
within the ardent kidneys' boiling wells!
"Ode [Óda]" by Attila Jozsef
Trampling your law that kills, our steady tread
Is matched by a ghostly echo: keeping our stride,
A brother walks with each from your enemy's dead,
Your own slain march at our side.
"Paradox" by Benjamin Musser
Draw tight the belt about your slender frame;
Flash blue your eyes! Hold high your proud young head!
Today you march in Liberty's fair name,
To save the line enriched by France's dead!
"To My Son" by Anonymous Americas
Along the winding avenue
A vast procession came in view;
The mourners' slow, advancing column
With reverent step drew near,
The "Dead March" playing, sad and solemn,
Above a soldier's bier.
"Sheridan's Last Ride" by Hattie Howard
"Oh, beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly,
Play the dead march as you carry me along;
Take me to the green valley, there lay the sod o'er me,
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong.
"The Cowboy's Lament (Streets of Laredo)" by Frank Maynard

In news:

People walk past a chalk outline drawn on the pavement to represent a dead body during a march against violence in Acapulco October 19, 2011.
In some of the worst violence since the revolution, a peaceful march of mostly Coptic Christians was brutally attacked by Egyptian security forces, leaving 25 people dead and 500 injured.
Prompted by a shooting at Ohio State University in March that left two dead and one wounded, university officials plan to change several hiring policies by early next year.
Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor is set to release his new book "Seven Deadly Sins " in March of 2011.
We're seeing yet another round of "the floppy disk is dead" stories this week after Sony announced that it would stop selling the things in Japan next March.
When the H1N1 swine flu virus boiled up out of Mexico last year, the CDC became the epicenter of a worldwide struggle to stop its deadly march.
Perez was found dead in her van in March of 2011 and on Monday Gabriel Apolinar Escalante pleaded guilty in the plot and will serve a 30 year prison sentence.
Three women and two men were found dead inside the home near City College on March 23.
Billy Lunn McDaniel, 66, of the Bedford Community, was dead on arrival at Bedford County Medical Center, Sunday, March 2, 2008.
Microbes are on the march, back from the dead and meaner than ever.
His King Baby special premieres March 29 on Comedy Central and his TBS sitcom My Boys starts new episodes March 31. Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional.
On March 25, many Christians wore hooded sweatshirts to church in solidarity with Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was shot dead on February 26 in Sanford, Florida.
Ellison The Grand Rapids Press A unidentified young woman caused a stir among Occupy Grand Rapids members marching against police brutality in other states by carrying a sign that reads "The Only Good Cop Is A Dead Cop".
Lebanon , a country plagued by decades of strife, has been on edge since the uprising in Syria against Assad began in March 2011, with deadly clashes between pro- and anti-Assad Lebanese groups erupting on several occasions.
Melissa Jenkins was found dead in the Connecticut River on Monday, March 26.