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HOFFER

          OF mortal parents is the Hero born
          By whom the undaunted Tyrolese are led?
          Or is it Tell's great Spirit, from the dead
          Returned to animate an age forlorn?
          He comes like Phoebus through the gates of morn
          When dreary darkness is discomfited,
          Yet mark his modest state! upon his head,
          That simple crest, a heron's plume, is worn.
          O Liberty! they stagger at the shock
          From van to rear--and with one mind would flee,             10
          But half their host is buried:--rock on rock
          Descends:--beneath this godlike Warrior, see!
          Hills, torrents, woods, embodied to bemock
          The Tyrant, and confound his cruelty.
                                                              1809.


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