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          WHEN, far and wide, swift as the beams of morn
          The tidings past of servitude repealed,
          And of that joy which shook the Isthmian Field,
          The rough Aetolians smiled with bitter scorn.
          "'Tis known," cried they, "that he, who would adorn
          His envied temples with the Isthmian crown,
          Must either win, through effort of his own,
          The prize, or be content to see it worn
          By more deserving brows.--Yet so ye prop,
          Sons of the brave who fought at Marathon,                   10
          Your feeble spirits! Greece her head hath bowed,
          As if the wreath of liberty thereon
          Would fix itself as smoothly as a cloud,
          Which, at Jove's will, descends on Pelion's top."
                                                              1810.


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