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"AH! WHERE IS PALAFOX? NOR TONGUE NOR PEN"

          AH! where is Palafox? Nor tongue no pen
          Reports of him, his dwelling or his grave!
          Does yet the unheard-of vessel ride the wave?
          Or is she swallowed up, remote from ken
          Of pitying human nature? Once again
          Methinks that we shall hail thee, Champion brave,
          Redeemed to baffle that imperial Slave,
          And through all Europe cheer desponding men
          With new-born hope. Unbounded is the might
          Of martyrdom, and fortitude, and right.                     10
          Hark, how thy Country triumphs!--Smilingly
          The Eternal looks upon her sword that gleams,
          Like his own lightning, over mountains high,
          On rampart, and the banks of all her streams.
                                                              1810.


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