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Distort the truth, accumulate the lie,
And pile the pyramid of calumny!

These are his portion-but if, join'd to these, Gaunt Poverty should league with deep Disease, If the high spirit must forget to soar, And stoop to strive with Misery at the door, To soothe Indignity-and face to face Meet sordid Rage—and wrestle with Disgrace, To find in Hope but the renewid caress, The serpent-fold of further faithlessness, If such may be the ills which men assail, What marvel if at last the mightiest fail? Breasts, to whom all the strength of feeling given, Bear hearts electric-charged with fire froin Heaven, Black with the rude collision, inly torn, By clouds surrounded, and on whirlwinds borne, Driven o'er the lowering atmosphere that nurs'd Thoughts which have turn'd to thunder-scorch-and


But far from us and from our mimic scene
Such things should be-if such have ever been;
Ours be the gentler wish, the kinder task,
To give the tribute Glory need not ask,
To mour, the vanish'd beam-and add our mite
Of praise in payment of a long delight.

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Ye orators! whom yet our councils yield, Mourn for the veteran hero of your field ! The worthy rival of the wondrous Three ! Whose words were sparks of Immortality! Ye bards! to whom the drama's muse is dear, He was your master-emulate him here! Ye men of wit and social eloquence! He was your brother-bear his ashes hence! While powers of mind, almost of boundless range, Complete in kind-as various in their change; While Eloquence-Wit-Poesy-and Mirth, That humbler harmonist of care on earth, Survive within our souls-while lives our sense Of pride in merit's proud pre-eminence, Long shall we seek bis likeness-long in vain, And turn to all of him which may remain, Sighing that Nature form'd but one such man, And broke the die in moulding Sheridan!


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