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First Line: Yet these are but a herald band
Last Line: And loud-voiced trumpets his approach declare!
Subject(s): Ambition; October


YET these are but a herald band --
The created chieftain is himself at hand;
These shall but wait
On his heroic state,
And act at his command.
He comes! -- Ambition comes; his way prepare! --
Let banners wave in air,
And loud-voiced trumpets his approach declare!
He comes! -- for glory has before him raised
Her shield, with godlike deeds emblazed.
He comes, he comes! -- for purposes sublime
Dilate his soul; and his exulting eye
Beams like a sun, that, in the vernal prime,
With golden promise travels up the sky.
Onward looking, far and high,
While before his champion pride
Valleys rise, and hills subside,
His mighty thoughts, too swift for lagging time,
Through countless triumphs run;
Each deed conceived, appears already done,
Foes are vanquish'd, fields are won.
E'en now, with wreaths immortal crown'd,
He marches to the sound
Of gratulating lyres,
And earth's applauding shout his generous bosom fires.
He comes, he comes! -- his way prepare!
Let banners wave in air,
And loud-voiced trumpets his approach declare!





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