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OCTOBER 1803

          THESE times strike monied worldlings with dismay:
          Even rich men, brave by nature, taint the air
          With words of apprehension and despair:
          While tens of thousands, thinking on the affray,
          Men unto whom sufficient for the day
          And minds not stinted or untilled are given,
          Sound, healthy, children of the God of heaven,
          Are cheerful as the rising sun in May.
          What do we gather hence but firmer faith
          That every gift of noble origin                             10
          Is breathed upon by Hope's perpetual breath;
          That virtue and the faculties within
          Are vital,--and that riches are akin
          To fear, to change, to cowardice, and death?


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