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A

TALE OF PARAGUAY.

CANTO I.

I.

 Jenner! for ever shall thy honour'd name
 Among the children of mankind be blest,
 Who by thy skill hast taught us how to tame
 One dire disease,—the lamentable pest
 Which Africa sent forth to scourge the West,
 As if in vengeance for her sable brood
 So many an age remorselessly opprest.
 For that most fearful malady subdued
Receive a poet's praise, a father's gratitude.