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OCCASIONED BY THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO

(The last six lines intended for an Inscription.)

FEBRUARY 1816

          INTREPID sons of Albion! not by you
          Is life despised; ah no, the spacious earth
          Ne'er saw a race who held, by right of birth,
          So many objects to which love is due:
          Ye slight not life--to God and Nature true;
          But death, becoming death, is dearer far,
          When duty bids you bleed in open war:
          Hence hath your prowess quelled that impious crew.
          Heroes!--for instant sacrifice prepared;
          Yet filled with ardour and on triumph bent                  10
          'Mid direst shocks of mortal accident--
          To you who fell, and you whom slaughter spared
          To guard the fallen, and consummate the event,
          Your Country rears this sacred Monument!


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