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IMPROMPTU.

Written after a persual of Washington Irving's "Life of Columbus."

Who war's unyielding work successful speed,
In victor's laurels still acquire their meed;
A just reward, by fame, is ever found
For wit, for eloquence, and lore profound;
While praise to statesmen due unceasing rings,
And patriots still are honoured more than kings.
Buy yet nor high renown nor splendid name
Can match, Great Sailor! thy extended fame;
For not on cities swept with wasting hand,
Nor one state ruined that the next may stand,
On certain, evil, nor on doubtful good
Subsists thy greatness, justly understood.