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RECOLLECTION OF THE PORTRAIT OF KING HENRY EIGHTH, TRINITY LODGE, CAMBRIDGE

          THE imperial Stature, the colossal stride,
          Are yet before me; yet do I behold
          The broad full visage, chest of amplest mould,
          The vestments 'broidered with barbaric pride:
          And lo! a poniard, at the Monarch's side,
          Hangs ready to be grasped in sympathy
          With the keen threatenings of that fulgent eye,
          Below the white-rimmed bonnet, far-descried,
          Who trembles now at thy capricious mood?
          'Mid those surrounding Worthies, haughty King,              10
          We rather think, with grateful mind sedate,
          How Providence educeth, from the spring
          Of lawless will, unlooked-for streams of good,
          Which neither force shall check nor time abate!
                                                              1827.


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