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COMPOSED BY THE SEA-SIDE, NEAR CALAIS, AUGUST 1802

          FAIR Star of evening, Splendour of the west,
          Star of my Country!--on the horizon's brink
          Thou hangest, stooping, as might seem, to sink
          On England's bosom; yet well pleased to rest,
          Meanwhile, and be to her a glorious crest
          Conspicuous to the Nations. Thou, I think,
          Should'st be my Country's emblem; and should'st wink,
          Bright Star! with laughter on her banners, drest
          In thy fresh beauty. There! that dusky spot
          Beneath thee, that is England; there she lies.
          Blessings be on you both! one hope, one lot,                10
          One life, one glory!--I, with many a fear
          For my dear Country, many heartfelt sighs,
          Among men who do not love her, linger here.


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