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"CALL NOT THE ROYAL SWEDE UNFORTUNATE"

          CALL not the royal Swede unfortunate,
          Who never did to Fortune bend the knee;
          Who slighted fear; rejected steadfastly
          Temptation; and whose kingly name and state
          Have "perished by his choice, and not his fate!"
          Hence lives He, to his inner self endeared;
          And hence, wherever virtue is revered,
          He sits a more exalted Potentate,
          Throned in the hearts of men. Should Heaven ordain
          That this great Servant of a righteous cause                10
          Must still have sad or vexing thoughts to endure,
          Yet may a sympathising spirit pause,
          Admonished by these truths, and quench all pain
          In thankful joy and gratulation pure.
                                                              1809.


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