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To the Duke of Argyll

         
      O Patriot Statesman, be thou wise to know
      The limits of resistance, and the bounds
      Determining concession; still be bold
      Not only to slight praise but suffer scorn;
      And be thy heart a fortress to maintain
      The day against the moment, and the year
      Against the day; thy voice, a music heard
      Thro’ all the yells and counter-yells of feud
      And faction, and thy will, a power to make
      This ever-changing world of circumstance,
      In changing, chime with never-changing Law.
       


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