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AT BOLOGNA, IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LATE INSURRECTIONS, 1837

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          AH why deceive ourselves! by no mere fit
          Of sudden passion roused shall men attain
          True freedom where for ages they have lain
          Bound in a dark abominable pit,
          With life's best sinews more and more unknit.
          Here, there, a banded few who loathe the chain
          May rise to break it; effort worse than vain
          For thee, O great Italian nation, split
          Into those jarring fractions.--Let thy scope
          Be one fixed mind for all; thy rights approve               10
          To thy own conscience gradually renewed;
          Learn to make Time the father of wise Hope;
          Then trust thy cause to the arm of Fortitude,
          The light of Knowledge, and the warmth of Love.


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