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THOUGHT OF A BRITON ON THE SUBJUGATION OF SWITZERLAND

          TWO Voices are there; one is of the sea,
          One of the mountains; each a mighty Voice:
          In both from age to age thou didst rejoice,
          They were thy chosen music, Liberty!
          There came a Tyrant, and with holy glee
          Thou fought'st against him; but hast vainly striven:
          Thou from thy Alpine holds at length art driven,
          Where not a torrent murmurs heard by thee.
          Of one deep bliss thine ear hath been bereft:
          Then cleave, O cleave to that which still is left;          10
          For, high-souled Maid, what sorrow would it be
          That Mountain floods should thunder as before,
          And Ocean bellow from his rocky shore,
          And neither awful Voice be heard by thee!
                                                              1807.


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