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CALAIS, AUGUST 15, 1802

          FESTIVALS have I seen that were not names:
          This is young Buonaparte's natal day,
          And his is henceforth an established sway--
          Consul for life. With worship France proclaims
          Her approbation, and with pomps and games.
          Heaven grant that other Cities may be gay!
          Calais is not: and I have bent my way
          To the sea-coast, noting that each man frames
          His business as he likes. Far other show
          My youth here witnessed, in a prouder time;                 10
          The senselessness of joy was then sublime!
          Happy is he, who, caring not for Pope,
          Consul, or King, can sound himself to know
          The destiny of Man, and live in hope.


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