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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XLV. TO THE EARL OF LONSDALE

                   "Magistratus indicat virum"

          LONSDALE! it were unworthy of a Guest,
          Whose heart with gratitude to thee inclines,
          If he should speak, by fancy touched, of signs
          On thy Abode harmoniously imprest,
          Yet be unmoved with wishes to attest
          How in thy mind and moral frame agree
          Fortitude, and that Christian Charity
          Which, filling, consecrates the human breast.
          And if the Motto on thy 'scutcheon teach
          With truth, "THE MAGISTRACY SHOWS THE MAN;"                 10
          'That' searching test thy public course has stood;
          As will be owned alike by bad and good,
          Soon as the measuring of life's little span
          Shall place thy virtues out of Envy's reach.


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