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First Line: Oh, castlereagh! Thou art a patriot now
Last Line: The man who cut his country's long ago.
Alternate Author Name(s): Byron, Lord; Byron, 6th Baron
Subject(s): Stewart, Robert. 2d Marquis Londonderry; Castlereagh, Viscount

OH, Castlereagh! thou art a patriot now;
Cato died for his country, so didst thou:
He perish'd rather than see Rome enslaved,
Thou cutt'st thy throat that Britain may be saved!

So Castlereagh has cut his throat! -- The worst
Of this is, -- that his own was not the first.

So He has cut his throat at last! -- He! Who?
The man who cut his country's long ago.

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