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"AND IS IT AMONG RUDE UNTUTORED DALES"

          AND is it among rude untutored Dales,
          There, and there only, that the heart is true?
          And, rising to repel or to subdue,
          Is it by rocks and woods that man prevails?
          Ah no! though Nature's dread protection fails,
          There is a bulwark in the soul. This knew
          Iberian Burghers when the sword they drew
          In Zaragoza, naked to the gales
          Of fiercely-breathing war. The truth was felt
          By Palafox, and many a brave compeer,                       10
          Like him of noble birth and noble mind;
          By ladies, meek-eyed women without fear;
          And wanderers of the street, to whom is dealt
          The bread which without industry they find.
                                                              1809.


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