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"ENGLAND! THE TIME IS COME WHEN THOU SHOULD'ST WEAN"

          ENGLAND! the time is come when thou should'st wean
          Thy heart from its emasculating food;
          The truth should now be better understood;
          Old things have been unsettled; we have seen
          Fair seed-time, better harvest might have been
          But for thy trespasses; and, at this day,
          If for Greece, Egypt, India, Africa,
          Aught good were destined, thou would'st step between.
          England! all nations in this charge agree:
          But worse, more ignorant in love and hate,                  10
          Far--far more abject, is thine Enemy:
          Therefore the wise pray for thee, though the freight
          Of thy offences be a heavy weight:
          Oh grief that Earth's best hopes rest all with Thee!


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