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NOVEMBER 1806

          ANOTHER year!--another deadly blow!
          Another mighty Empire overthrown!
          And We are left, or shall be left, alone;
          The last that dare to struggle with the Foe.
          'Tis well! from this day forward we shall know
          That in ourselves our safety must be sought;
          That by our own right hands it must be wrought;
          That we must stand unpropped, or be laid low.
          O dastard whom such foretaste doth not cheer!
          We shall exult, if they who rule the land                   10
          Be men who hold its many blessings dear,
          Wise, upright, valiant; not a servile band,
          Who are to judge of danger which they fear,
          And honour which they do not understand.


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