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ON SEEING A TUFT OF SNOWDROPS IN A STORM

          WHEN haughty expectations prostrate lie,
          And grandeur crouches like a guilty thing,
          Oft shall the lowly weak, till nature bring
          Mature release, in fair society
          Survive, and Fortune's utmost anger try;
          Like these frail snowdrops that together cling,
          And nod their helmets, smitten by the wing
          Of many a furious whirl-blast sweeping by.
          Observe the faithful flowers! if small to great
          May lead the thoughts, thus struggling used to stand        10
          The Emathian phalanx, nobly obstinate;
          And so the bright immortal Theban band,
          Whom onset, fiercely urged at Jove's command,
          Might overwhelm, but could not separate!
                                                              1819.


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