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And, what he may, forbears His fame to make it theirs. And has his sword and spoils ungirt, To lay them at the public's skirt; So when the falcon high Falls heavy from the sky, She, having killed, no more does search, But on the next green bough to perch, Where, when he first does lure, The falconer has her sure. What may not, then, our isle presume, While Victory his crest does plume? What may not others fear, If thus he crowns each year? As Caesar, he, erelong, to Gaul; To Italy as Hannibal, And to all states not free Shall climacteric be. The Pict no shelter now shall find Within his parti-contoured mind; But from his valor sad Shrink underneath the plaid, Happy if in the tufted brake The English hunter him mistake, Nor lay his hands a near The Caledonian deer. But thou, the war's and fortune's son, March indefatigably on; And, for the last effect, Still keep the sword erect. Besides the force, it has to fright The spirits of the shady night: The same arts that did gain