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JEUX D'ESPRIT AND MINOR POEMS, 1798-1824.

Thy life-blood tracks its parent lake,[1]
And then strike home!


8.

Tread those reviving passions down,[2]
Unworthy manhood!—unto thee
Indifferent should the smile or frown
Of Beauty be.


9.

If thou regret'st thy youth, why live?
The land of honourable death
Is here:—up to the Field, and give
Away thy breath!


10.

Seek out—less often sought than found—
A soldier's grave, for thee the best;
Then look around, and choose thy ground,
And take thy Rest.

Missolonghi, Jan. 22, 1824.
[First published, Morning Chronicle, October 29, 1824.]

  1. My life-blood tastes ——.—[M.C.]
  2. I tread reviving ——.—[M. C.]