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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

IV. AFTER VISITING THE FIELD OF WATERLOO

          A WINGED Goddess--clothed in vesture wrought
          Of rainbow colours; One whose port was bold,
          Whose overburthened hand could scarcely hold
          The glittering crowns and garlands which it brought--
          Hovered in air above the far-famed Spot.
          She vanished; leaving prospect blank and cold
          Of wind-swept corn that wide around us rolled
          In dreary billows; wood, and meagre cot,
          And monuments that soon must disappear:
          Yet a dread local recompence we found;                      10
          While glory seemed betrayed, while patriot-zeal
          Sank in our hearts, we felt as men 'should' feel
          With such vast hoards of hidden carnage near,
          And horror breathing from the silent ground!


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