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ON A CELEBRATED EVENT IN ANCIENT HISTORY

          A ROMAN Master stands on Grecian ground,
          And to the people at the Isthmian Games
          Assembled, He, by a herald's voice, proclaims
          THE LIBERTY OF GREECE:--the words rebound
          Until all voices in one voice are drowned;
          Glad acclamation by which air was rent!
          And birds, high-flying in the element,
          Dropped to the earth, astonished at the sound!
          Yet were the thoughtful grieved; and still that voice
          Haunts, with sad echoes, musing Fancy's ear:                10
          Ah! that a 'Conqueror's' words should be so dear:
          Ah! that a 'boon' could shed such rapturous joys!
          A gift of that which is not to be given
          By all the blended powers of Earth and Heaven.
                                                              1810.


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