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John Dryden (1631–1700).  The Poems of John Dryden.  1913.
Elegies and Epitaphs
Upon the Death of the Viscount of Dundee
OH 1 Last and Best of Scots! who did’st maintain
Thy Country’s Freedom from a Foreign Reign;
New People fill the Land, now thou art gone,
New Gods the Temples, and new Kings the Throne.
Scotland and Thee did each in other live,        5
Nor wou’dst thou her, nor cou’d she thee survive.
Farewel! who living didst support the State,
And coud’st not fall but with thy Country’s Fate
Note 1. Text of 1704. [back]

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