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"O'ERWEENING STATESMEN HAVE FULL LONG RELIED"

          O'ERWEENING Statesmen have full long relied
          On fleets and armies, and external wealth:
          But from 'within' proceeds a Nation's health;
          Which shall not fail, though poor men cleave with pride
          To the paternal floor; or turn aside,
          In the thronged city, from the walks of gain,
          As being all unworthy to detain
          A Soul by contemplation sanctified.
          There are who cannot languish in this strife,
          Spaniards of every rank, by whom the good                   10
          Of such high course was felt and understood;
          Who to their Country's cause have bound a life
          Erewhile, by solemn consecration, given
          To labour and to prayer, to nature, and to heaven.
                                                              1810.


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