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"BY MOSCOW SELF-DEVOTED TO A BLAZE"

          BY Moscow self-devoted to a blaze
          Of dreadful sacrifice, by Russian blood
          Lavished in fight with desperate hardihood;
          The unfeeling Elements no claim shall raise
          To rob our Human-nature of just praise
          For what she did and suffered. Pledges sure
          Of a deliverance absolute and pure
          She gave, if Faith might tread the beaten ways
          Of Providence. But now did the Most High
          Exalt his still small voice;--to quell that Host            10
          Gathered his power, a manifest ally;
          He, whose heaped waves confounded the proud boast
          Of Pharaoh, said to Famine, Snow, and Frost,
          Finish the strife by deadliest victory!"
                                                              1816.


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