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THE KING OF SWEDEN

          THE Voice of song from distant lands shall call
          To that great King; shall hail the crowned Youth
          Who, taking counsel of unbending Truth,
          By one example hath set forth to all
          How they with dignity may stand; or fall,
          If fall they must. Now, whither doth it tend?
          And what to him and his shall be the end?
          That thought is one which neither can appal
          Nor cheer him; for the illustrious Swede hath done
          The thing which ought to be; is raised 'above'
          All consequences: work he hath begun                        10
          Of fortitude, and piety, and love,
          Which all his glorious ancestors approve:
          The heroes bless him, him their rightful son.


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