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ON THE DEATH OF HIS MAJESTY (GEORGE THE THIRD)

          WARD of the LAW!--dread Shadow of a King!
          Whose realm had dwindled to one stately room;
          Whose universe was gloom immersed in gloom,
          Darkness as thick as life o'er life could fling,
          Save haply for some feeble glimmering
          Of Faith and Hope--if thou, by nature's doom,
          Gently hast sunk into the quiet tomb,
          Why should we bend in grief, to sorrow cling,
          When thankfulness were best?--Fresh-flowing tears,
          Or, where tears flow not, sigh succeeding sigh,             10
          Yield to such after-thought the sole reply
          Which justly it can claim. The Nation hears
          In this deep knell, silent for threescore years,
          An unexampled voice of awful memory!
                                                              1820.


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