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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
T. Moore
 
CCXVII. Pro Patria Mori
 
WHEN he who adores thee has left but the name 
  Of his fault and his sorrows behind, 
O say wilt thou weep, when they darken the fame 
  Of a life that for thee was resign'd! 
Yes, weep, and however my foes may condemn,         5
  Thy tears shall efface their decree; 
For Heaven can witness, though guilty to them, 
  I have been but too faithful to thee. 
  
With thee were the dreams of my earliest love; 
  Every thought of my reason was thine:  10
In my last humble prayer to the Spirit above 
  Thy name shall be mingled with mine! 
Oh, blest are the lovers and friends who shall live 
  The days of thy glory to see! 
But the next dearest blessing that Heaven can give  15
  Is the pride of thus dying for thee. 
 
 
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