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     A bird of prey, with talons reeking,
Above the dying captive shrieking,
     But, spreading out her ample wing,
A broad, impartial covering,
     The weaker sheltered by the stronger!
Oh, then to Faith's anointed eyes
     The promised token shall be given;
And on a nation's sacrifice,
     Atoning for the sin of years,
And wet with penitential tears,
     The fire shall fall from Heaven!


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