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"AVAUNT ALL SPECIOUS PLIANCY OF MIND"

          AVAUNT all specious pliancy of mind
          In men of low degree, all smooth pretence!
          I better like a blunt indifference,
          And self-respecting slowness, disinclined
          To win me at first sight: and be there joined
          Patience and temperance with this high reserve,
          Honour that knows the path and will not swerve;
          Affections, which, if put to proof, are kind;
          And piety towards God. Such men of old
          Were England's native growth; and, throughout Spain         10
          (Thanks to high God) forests of such remain:
          Then for that Country let our hopes be bold;
          For matched with these shall policy prove vain,
          Her arts, her strength, her iron, and her gold.
                                                              1810.


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