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[CANTO III.
CHILDE HAROLD’S PILGRIMAGE.

Did nations combat to make One submit?
Or league to teach all Kings true Sovereignty?[1]
What! shall reviving Thraldom again be
The patched-up Idol of enlightened days?
Shall we, who struck the Lion down, shall we
Pay the Wolf homage? proffering lowly gaze
And servile knees to Thrones? No! prove before ye praise!


XX.

If not, o'er one fallen Despot boast no more!
In vain fair cheeks were furrowed with hot tears
For Europe's flowers long rooted up before
The trampler of her vineyards; in vain, years
Of death, depopulation, bondage, fears,
Have all been borne, and broken by the accord
Of roused-up millions: all that most endears
Glory, is when the myrtle wreathes a Sword,
Such as HarmodiusN2 drew on Athens' tyrant Lord.


XXI.

There was a sound of revelry by night,[2]
And Belgium's Capital had gathered then

    Nor this alone, but that in every land
    The withering rule of violence may cease.
    Was ever War with such blest victory crowned!
    Did ever Victory with such fruits abound!"]}}

  1. Or league to teach their kings ——.—[MS].
  2. [The most vivid and the best authenticated account of the Duchess of Richmond's ball, which took place June 15,