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FEELINGS OF A FRENCH ROYALIST, ON THE DISINTERMENT OF THE REMAINS OF THE DUKE D'ENGHIEN

          DEAR Reliques! from a pit of vilest mould
          Uprisen--to lodge among ancestral kings;
          And to inflict shame's salutary stings
          On the remorseless hearts of men grown old
          In a blind worship; men perversely bold
          Even to this hour,--yet, some shall now forsake
          Their monstrous Idol if the dead e'er spake,
          To warn the living; if truth were ever told
          By aught redeemed out of the hollow grave:
          O murdered Prince! meek, loyal, pious, brave!               10
          The power of retribution once was given:
          But 'tis a rueful thought that willow bands
          So often tie the thunder-wielding hands
          Of Justice sent to earth from highest Heaven!
                                                              1816.


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