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ON A PORTRAIT OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON UPON THE FIELD OF WATERLOO, BY HAYDON

          BY Art's bold privilege Warrior and War-horse stand
          On ground yet strewn with their last battle's wreck;
          Let the Steed glory while his Master's hand
          Lies fixed for ages on his conscious neck;
          But by the Chieftain's look, though at his side
          Hangs that day's treasured sword, how firm a check
          Is given to triumph and all human pride!
          Yon trophied Mound shrinks to a shadowy speck
          In his calm presence! Him the mighty deed
          Elates not, brought far nearer the grave's rest,            10
          As shows that time-worn face, for he such seed
          Has sown as yields, we trust, the fruit of fame
          In Heaven; hence no one blushes for thy name,
          Conqueror, 'mid some sad thoughts, divinely blest!
                                                              1840.


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