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• Heaven help him!' quoth Lars Porsena,

* And bring him safe to shore; For such a gallant feat of arms

Was never seen before.'

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When the oldest cask is opened,

And the largest lamp is lit;
When the chestnuts glow in the embers,

And the kid turns on the spit ;
When young and old in circle

Around the firebrands close ;
When the girls are weaving baskets,

And the lads are shaping bows;

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When the goodman mends his armour,

And trims his helmet's plume; When the goodwife's shuttle merrily

Goes flashing through the loom;
With weeping and with laughter

Still is the story told,
How well Horatius kept the bridge

In the brave days of old.

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