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AT BOLOGNA, IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LATE INSURRECTIONS, 1837

II. CONTINUED

          HARD task! exclaim the undisciplined, to lean
          On Patience coupled with such slow endeavour,
          That long-lived servitude must last for ever.
          Perish the grovelling few, who, prest between
          Wrongs and the terror of redress, would wean
          Millions from glorious aims. Our chains to sever
          Let us break forth in tempest now or never!--
          What, is there then no space for golden mean
          And gradual progress?--Twilight leads to day,
          And, even within the burning zones of earth,                10
          The hastiest sunrise yields a temperate ray;
          The softest breeze to fairest flowers gives birth:
          Think not that Prudence dwells in dark abodes,
          She scans the future with the eye of gods.


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