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A PROPHECY. FEBRUARY 1807.

          HIGH deeds, O Germans, are to come from you!
          Thus in your books the record shall be found,
          "A watchword was pronounced, a potent sound--
          ARMINIUS!--all the people quaked like dew
          Stirred by the breeze; they rose, a Nation, true,
          True to herself--the mighty Germany,
          She of the Danube and the Northern Sea,
          She rose, and off at once the yoke she threw.
          All power was given her in the dreadful trance;
          Those new-born Kings she withered like a flame."            10
          --Woe to them all! but heaviest woe and shame
          To that Bavarian who could first advance
          His banner in accursed league with France,
          First open traitor to the German name!


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