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SPANISH GUERILLAS

          THEY seek, are sought; to daily battle led,
          Shrink not, though far outnumbered by their Foes,
          For they have learnt to open and to close
          The ridges of grim war; and at their head
          Are captains such as erst their country bred
          Or fostered, self-supported chiefs,--like those
          Whom hardy Rome was fearful to oppose;
          Whose desperate shock the Carthaginian fled.
          In One who lived unknown a shepherd's life
          Redoubted Viriatus breathes again;                          10
          And Mina, nourished in the studious shade,
          With that great Leader vies, who, sick of strife
          And bloodshed, longed in quiet to be laid
          In some green island of the western main.
                                                              1811.


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