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"HAIL, ZARAGOZA! IF WITH UNWET EYE"

          HAIL, Zaragoza! If with unwet eye
          We can approach, thy sorrow to behold,
          Yet is the heart not pitiless nor cold;
          Such spectacle demands not tear or sigh.
          These desolate remains are trophies high
          Of more than martial courage in the breast
          Of peaceful civic virtue: they attest
          Thy matchless worth to all posterity.
          Blood flowed before thy sight without remorse;
          Disease consumed thy vitals; War upheaved                   10
          The ground beneath thee with volcanic force:
          Dread trials! yet encountered and sustained
          Till not a wreck of help or hope remained,
          And law was from necessity received.
                                                              1809.


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