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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
September 14
By Lord Beaconsfield (1804–1881)
NOT only that thy puissant arm could bind
  The tyrant of a world: and, conquering Fate,
  Enfranchise Europe, do I deem thee great;
But that in all thy actions I do find
Exact propriety: no gusts of mind        5
  Fitful and wild, but that continuous state
  Of ordered impulse mariners await
In some benignant and enriching wind,—
The breath ordained of Nature. Thy calm mien
  Recalls old Rome, as much as thy high deed;        10
Duty thine only idol, and serene
  When all are troubled; in the utmost need
Prescient; thy country’s servant ever seen,
  Yet sovereign of thyself, whate’er may speed.

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