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TO THE MEN OF KENT

OCTOBER 1803

          VANGUARD of Liberty, ye men of Kent,
          Ye children of a Soil that doth advance
          Her haughty brow against the coast of France,
          Now is the time to prove your hardiment!
          To France be words of invitation sent!
          They from their fields can see the countenance
          Of your fierce war, may ken the glittering lance
          And hear you shouting forth your brave intent.
          Left single, in bold parley, ye, of yore,
          Did from the Norman win a gallant wreath;                   10
          Confirmed the charters that were yours before;--
          No parleying now! In Britain is one breath;
          We all are with you now from shore to shore:--
          Ye men of Kent, 'tis victory or death!


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