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DEFEAT, by            
First Line: They, too, have quaffed the bitter cup
Last Line: And I—met you!
Subject(s): Failure; Loss


They, too, have quaffed the bitter cup
To drain the dregs of rank defeat,
Brave were the spirits given up
When swords lay broken at their feet.
Great Caesar knew his gory fate
When wicked Brutus laid him low.
The mighty Hector lost that day
Achilles dealt the evil blow.
Napoleon found his Waterloo
And I—met you!





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