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"IS THERE A POWER THAT CAN SUSTAIN AND CHEER"

          Is there a power that can sustain and cheer
          The captive chieftain, by a tyrant's doom,
          Forced to descend into his destined tomb--
          A dungeon dark! where he must waste the year,
          And lie cut off from all his heart holds dear;
          What time his injured country is a stage
          Whereon deliberate Valour and the rage
          Of righteous Vengeance side by side appear,
          Filling from morn to night the heroic scene
          With deeds of hope and everlasting praise:--                10
          Say can he think of this with mind serene
          And silent fetters? Yes, if visions bright
          Shine on his soul, reflected from the days
          When he himself was tried in open light.
                                                              1809.


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