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THE ALARM

(1803)

See "The Trumpet-Major."

In Memory of one of the Writer's Family who was a Volunteer during the War with Napoleon


IN a ferny byway
Near the great South-Wessex Highway,
A homestead raised its breakfast-smoke aloft;
The dew-damps still lay steamless, for the sun had made no sky-way,
And twilight cloaked the croft.

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