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de Vere, Sir Aubrey: THE MAN OF GLENCOE.
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THE MAN OF GLENCOE.

IF this be true, that from thy lip, or hand,
The mandate passed or the inexpressive eye
Kindling to keen, yet cold ferocity,
Consented or that hints forestalled command
Too long hath Vengeance slept : too long the brand
Of shame by flattering wreaths been hid. To die
Untimely, yet unjudged, doth not imply
Atonement. Rise, at last, and take thy stand,
Great King ! before the Avenger ! Wake arise !
Posterity, the Judge, amid the cries
Of the unforgotten slain, his sentence slow
Records ; for desecrated household ties ?
For wrong fraternal ? filial treason ? No !
Grave on his tomb but one dark word : c Glencoe.'
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