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Another year! ---another deadly blow! Another mighty Empire overthrown! And we are left, or shall be left, alone; The last that dares 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 unpropp’d, or be laid low. O Dastard whom such foretaste doth not chear! We shall cxult, if They who rule the land Be Men who hold its many blessings dear, Wise, upright, valiant; not a venal Band, Who are to juilge of danger which they fear, And honour, which they do not understand.
NOTE 1. Page 1.–To the Daisy. This Poem, and two others to the same Flower, which the Reader will find in the second Volume, were written in the year 1802; which is mentioned, because in some of the ideas, though not in manner in which those ideas are connected, and likewise even in some of the expressions, they bear a striking resemblance to a Poem (lately published) of Mr. Montgomery, entitled, a Field Flower. This being said, Mr. Montgomery will not think any apology due to him; I cannot however help addressing biin in the words of the Father of English Poets.
• Though it happe me to rehersin • That ye han in your freshe songis saied, • Forberith me, and beth not ill apaied, •Sith that ye se I doe it in the honour • Of Love, and eke in service of the Flour.'
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"...... persevering to the last,
From well to better.” * For Knightes ever should be persevering . • To seek honour without feintise or slouth • Fru wele to better in all manner thing.'
CHAUCER ----The Floure and the Leafe.
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