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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
May 11
Lord Chatham
By William Cowper (1731–1800)
 
(Died on May 11, 1778)

IN him Demosthenes was heard again;
Liberty taught him her Athenian strain;
She clothed him with authority and awe,
Spoke from his lips, and in his looks gave law.
His speech, his form, his action full of grace,        5
And all his country beaming in his face,
He stood as some inimitable hand
Would strive to make a Paul or Tully stand.
No sycophant or slave, that dared oppose
Her sacred cause, but trembled when he rose;        10
And every venal stickler for the yoke
Felt himself crushed at the first word he spoke.
 
 
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