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ON THE FINAL SUBMISSION OF THE TYROLESE

          IT was a 'moral' end for which they fought;
          Else how, when mighty Thrones were put to shame,
          Could they, poor Shepherds, have preserved an aim,
          A resolution, or enlivening thought?
          Nor hath that moral good been 'vainly' sought;
          For in their magnanimity and fame
          Powers have they left, an impulse, and a claim
          Which neither can be overturned nor bought.
          Sleep, Warriors, sleep! among your hills repose!
          We know that ye, beneath the stern control                  10
          Of awful prudence, keep the unvanquished soul:
          And when, impatient of her guilt and woes,
          Europe breaks forth; then, Shepherds! shall ye rise
          For perfect triumph o'er your Enemies.
                                                              1809.


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