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PROEM.


 He would not brook a slight deformity,
 As one who being gay and debonnair,
 In courts conspicuous, as in camps must be:
 So he forsooth a shapely boot must wear;
 And the vain man, with peril of his life,
Laid the recovered limb again beneath the knife.

 Long time upon the bed of pain he lay
 Whiling with books the weary hours away;
 And from that circumstance and this vain man
 A train of long events their course began,
 Whose term it is not given us yet to see.
 Who hath not heard Loyola's sainted name,
 Before whom Kings and Nations bow'd the knee?
 Thy annals, Ethiopia, might proclaim
 What deeds arose from that prolific day;
 And of dark plots might shuddering Europe tell.
 But Science too her trophies would display;
 Faith give the martyrs of Japan their fame;
 And Charity on works of love would dwell
 In California's dolorous regions drear;
 And where, amid a pathless world of wood.