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[84] True as the knights of story,
     Sir Lancelot and his peers,
Brave in his calm endurance
     As they in tilt of spears.

As waves in stillest waters,
     As stars in noonday skies,
All that wakes to noble action
     In his noon of calmness lies.

Wherever outraged Nature
     Asks word or action brave,
Wherever struggles labor,
     Wherever groans a slave,—

Wherever rise the peoples,
     Wherever sinks a throne,
The throbbing heart of Freedom finds
     An answer in his own.

Knight of a better era,
     Without reproach or fear!
Said I not well that Bayards
     And Sidneys still are here? “


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