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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

XX. THE TOWN OF SCHWYTZ

          BY antique Fancy trimmed--though lowly, bred
          To dignity--in thee, O SCHWYTZ! are seen
          The genuine features of the golden mean;
          Equality by Prudence governed,
          Or jealous Nature ruling in her stead;
          And, therefore, art thou blest with peace, serene
          As that of the sweet fields and meadows green
          In unambitious compass round thee spread.
          Majestic BERNE, high on her guardian steep,
          Holding a central station of command,                       10
          Might well be styled this noble body's HEAD;
          Thou, lodged 'mid mountainous entrenchments deep,
          Its HEART; and ever may the heroic Land
          Thy name, O SCHWYTZ, in happy freedom keep!


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