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UPON THE LATE GENERAL FAST

MARCH 1832

          RELUCTANT call it was; the rite delayed;
          And in the Senate some there were who doffed
          The last of their humanity, and scoffed
          At providential judgments, undismayed
          By their own daring. But the People prayed
          As with one voice; their flinty heart grew soft
          With penitential sorrow, and aloft
          Their spirit mounted, crying, "God us aid!"
          Oh that with aspirations more intense,
          Chastised by self-abasement more profound,                  10
          This People, once so happy, so renowned
          For liberty, would seek from God defence
          Against far heavier ill, the pestilence
          Of revolution, impiously unbound!


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