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LA FAYETTE, by            
First Line: Born, nurtured, wedded, prized, within the pale
Last Line: All time shall hail thee, europe's noblest son!
Alternate Author Name(s): Madison, James, Mrs.
Subject(s): Lafayette, Marie Joseph, Marquis De; Patriotism


BORN, nurtured, wedded, prized, within the pale
Of peers and princes, high in camp -- at court --
He hears, in joyous youth, a wild report,
Swelling the murmurs of the Western gale,
Of a young people struggling to be free!
Straight quitting all, across the wave he flies,
Aids with his sword, wealth, blood, the high emprize!
And shares the glories of its victory.
Then comes for fifty years a high romance
Of toils, reverses, sufferings, in the cause
Of man and justice, liberty and France,
Crowned, at the last, with hope and wide applause.
Champion of Freedom! Well thy race was run!
All time shall hail thee, Europe's noblest Son!





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