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INDIGNATION OF A HIGH-MINDED SPANIARD

          WE can endure that He should waste our lands,
          Despoil our temples, and by sword and flame
          Return us to the dust from which we came;
          Such food a Tyrant's appetite demands:
          And we can brook the thought that by his hands
          Spain may be overpowered, and he possess,
          For his delight, a solemn wilderness
          Where all the brave lie dead. But, when of bands
          Which he will break for us he dares to speak,
          Of benefits, and of a future day                            10
          When our enlightened minds shall bless his sway;
          'Then', the strained heart of fortitude proves weak;
          Our groans, our blushes, our pale cheeks declare
          That he has power to inflict what we lack strength to bear.
                                                              1810.


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