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TALE OF PARAGUAY

CANTO II.

I.

 O thou who listening to the Poet's song
 Dost yield thy willing spirit to his sway,
 Look not that I should painfully prolong
 The sad narration of that fatal day
 With tragic details: all too true the lay!
 Nor is my purpose e'er to entertain
 The heart with useless grief; but as I may,
 Blend in my calm and meditative strain
Consolatory thoughts, the balm for real pain.