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"LOOK NOW ON THAT ADVENTURER WHO HATH PAID"

          LOOK now on that Adventurer who hath paid
          His vows to Fortune; who, in cruel slight
          Of virtuous hope, of liberty, and right,
          Hath followed wheresoe'er a way was made
          By the blind Goddess,--ruthless, undismayed;
          And so hath gained at length a prosperous height,
          Round which the elements of worldly might
          Beneath his haughty feet, like clouds, are laid.
          O joyless power that stands by lawless force!
          Curses are 'his' dire portion, scorn, and hate,             10
          Internal darkness and unquiet breath;
          And, if old judgments keep their sacred course,
          Him from that height shall Heaven precipitate
          By violent and ignominious death.
                                                              1809.


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