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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
 
December 2
To Louis Napoleon
By George H. Boker (1823–1890)
 
O, SHAMELESS thief! a nation trusted thee
  With all the wealth her bleeding hands had won,
  Proclaimed thee guardian of her liberty:
  So proud a title never lay upon
Thy uncle’s forehead: thou wast linked with one,        5
  First President of France, whose name shall be
  Fixed in the heavens, like God’s eternal sun—
  Second to him alone—to Washington!
Was it for thee to stoop unto a crown?
  Pick up the Bourbon’s leavings? yield thy height        10
  Of simple majesty, and totter down
Full of discovered frailties—sorry sight!
  One of a mob of kings? or, baser grown,
  Was it for thee to steal it in the night?
 
 
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