November, 1806 *WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Another year!—another deadly blow!
Another mighty Empire overthrown!
And We are left, or shall be left, alone;
The last that dare to struggle with the Foe.
‘Tis well! from this day forward we shall know
That in ourselves our safety must be sought;
That by our own right hands it must be wrought;
That we must stand unpropped, or be laid low.
O dastard whom such foretaste doth not cheer!
We shall exult, if they who rule the land
Be men who hold its many blessings dear,
Wise, upright, valiant; not a servile band,
Who are to judge of danger which they fear,
And honour which they do not understand.
Notes:1-2] Prussia was overthrown by Napoleon’s victory at Jena, October 14, 1806.

10-14] if they who rule the land …. Pitt had died in January 1806 and Fox in September. Lord Grenville succeeded Pitt as Prime Minister.

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