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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
June 13
On the Death of Lord Hastings
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
          A Yorkist Nobleman, executed in the Tower, London, June 13, 1483.

“IN his mouth nations spake; his tongue might be
Interpreter to Greece, France, Italy.
His native soil was the four parts o’ the earth;
All Europe was too narrow for his birth.
A young apostle; and with reverence may        5
I speak’t, inspired with gifts of tongues as they.
Nature gave him, a child, what men in vain
Oft strive, by art though furthered, to obtain.

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