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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

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          DESPOND who will--'I' heard a voice exclaim,
          "Though fierce the assault, and shattered the defence,
          It cannot be that Britain's social frame,
          The glorious work of time and providence,
          Before a flying season's rash pretence,
          Should fall; that She, whose virtue put to shame,
          When Europe prostrate lay, the Conqueror's aim,
          Should perish, self-subverted. Black and dense
          The cloud is; but brings 'that' a day of doom.
          To Liberty? Her sun is up the while,                        10
          That orb whose beams round Saxon Alfred shone:
          Then laugh, ye innocent Vales! ye Streams, sweep on,
          Nor let one billow of our heaven-blest Isle
          Toss in the fanning wind a humbler plume."


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