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"GREAT MEN HAVE BEEN AMONG US"

          GREAT men have been among us; hands that penned
          And tongues that uttered wisdom--better none:
          The later Sidney, Marvel, Harrington,
          Young Vane, and others who called Milton friend.
          These moralists could act and comprehend:
          They knew how genuine glory was put on;
          Taught us how rightfully nation shone
          In splendour: what strength was, that would not bend
          But in magnanimous meekness. France, 'tis strange,
          Hath brought forth no such souls as we had then.            10
          Perpetual emptiness! unceasing change!
          No single volume paramount, no code,
          No master spirit, no determined road;
          But equally a want of books and men!


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