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Fate summoned, in gray-bearded age, to act
     A history stranger than his written fact,
Him, who portrayed the splendor and the gloom
     Of that great hour when throne and altar fell
With long death-groan which still is audible.
     He, when around the walls of Paris rung
The Prussian bugle like the blast of doom,
     And every ill which follows unblest war
Maddened all France from Finistere to Var,
     The weight of fourscore from his shoulders flung,
And guided Freedom in the path he saw
     Lead out of chaos into light and law,
Peace, not imperial, but republican,
     And order pledged to all the Rights of Man.

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