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Lon: Mag: 1776
See the dread Harbinger of human Wor,
pproach Brittania resolutely flow. the mried Bond that held the Seague ni broke, And gloomy ingranı has announcil her stroke,
Hay doslation abdiente the plain, And Prace & Harmony poriail again :
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