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Dreading each should set thee free.

Oh! although in dungeons pent,

All their chains were light to me,

Gazing on thy soul unbent.

4. .

Would the sycophants of him

Now so deaf to duty's prayer,

Were his borrowed glories dim,

In his native darkness share ?

Were that world this hour his own,

All thou calmly dost resign,

Could he purchase with that throne

Hearts like those which still are thine ?

5.

My chief, my king, my friend, adieu !

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ON THE STAR OF « THE LEGION OF

HONOUR."

(FROM THE FRENCH.]

1

STAR of the brave !- whose beam hath shed

Such glory o'er the quick and dead

Thou radiant and adored deceit !

Which millions rushed in arms to greet,

Wild mcteor of immortal birth!

Why rise in Heaven to set on Earth?

2.

Souls of slain heroes formed thy rays;

Eternity flashed through thy blaze ;

The music of thy martial sphere
Was fame on high and honour here;
And thy light broke on human eyes,

Like a Volcano of the skies.

3.

Like lava rolled thy stream of blood,

And swept down empires with its flood;

Earth rocked beneath thee to her base,

As thou didst lighten through all space ; And the shorn Sun grew dim in air,

And set while thou wert dwelling there.

4.

Before thee rose, and with thee grew,

A rainbow of the loveliest hue

Of three bright colours, each divine,

And fit for that celestial sign;

For Freedom's hand had blended them,

Like tints in an immortal gem.

5.

One tint was of the sunbeam's dyes;

One, the blue depth of Seraph's eyes;

One, the pure Spirit's veil of white

Had robed in radiance of its light :

The three so mingled did beseem

The texture of a heavenly dream.

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