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TO TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE

          TOUSSAINT, the most unhappy man of men!
          Whether the whistling Rustic tend his plough
          Within thy hearing, or thy head be now
          Pillowed in some deep dungeon's earless den;--
          O miserable Chieftain! where and when
          Wilt thou find patience? Yet die not; do thou
          Wear rather in thy bonds a cheerful brow:
          Though fallen thyself, never to rise again,
          Live, and take comfort. Thou hast left behind
          Powers that will work for thee; air, earth, and skies;      10
          There's not a breathing of the common wind
          That will forget thee; thou hast great allies;
          Thy friends are exultations, agonies,
          And love, and man's unconquerable mind.


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