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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
February 13
William the Third
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
 
          William III., of England, succeeded to the throne with his wife Mary, on the deposition of her father James II., and they were proclaimed joint sovereigns of England on Feb. 13, 1689.

CALM as an under-current, strong to draw
Millions of waves into itself, and run,
From sea to sea, impervious to the sun
And ploughing storm, the spirit of Nassau
Swerves not, (how blest if by religious awe        5
Swayed, and thereby enabled to contend
With the wide world’s commotions) from its end
Swerves not—diverted by a casual law.
Had mortal action e’er a nobler scope?
The Hero comes to liberate, not defy;        10
And, while he marches on with steadfast hope,
Conqueror beloved! expected anxiously!
The vacillating Bondman of the Pope
Shrinks from the verdict of his steadfast eye.
 
 
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