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First Line: From the glowing southern regions
Last Line: As a torch to stream through ages!
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, Felicia Dorothea
Subject(s): Cassivelaunus, British Prince; Great Britain - Roman Conquest; Cassivellaunus, British Prince; Casawallan, British Prince; Caswallon, British Prince

FROM the glowing southern regions,
Where the sun-god makes his dwelling,
Came the Roman's crested legions
O'er the deep, round Britain swelling.
The wave grew dazzling as he passed,
With light from spear and helmet cast;
And sounds in every rushing blast
Of a conqueror's march were telling,

But his eagle's royal pinion,
Bowing earth beneath its glory,
Could not shadow with dominion
Our wild seas and mountains hoary!
Back from their cloudy realm it flies,
To float in light through softer skies;
Oh! chainless winds of heaven arise!
Bear a vanquished world the story!

Lords of earth! to Rome returning,
Tell how Britain combat wages,
How Caswallon's soul is burning
When the storm of battle rages!
And ye that shrine high deeds in song,
O holy and immortal throng!
The brightness of his name prolong,
As a torch to stream through ages!

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