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British Brennus sacked that noble city1,
To age, nor sex, nor infants he shewed pity2;
3Then those which did the capital defend
Weighed out their gold3to have their suff’rings end,
5On which the
Briton4bold his sword did lay;
“Woe to the conquered,” then the people say5.
C_______6, banished long before,
8And made the Britons pay the Romans’ score.
9So let all
impious7, sacrilegious men
lex talionis8: Heaven, say Thou “Amen”!
11If any underneath the sun may cry
“Vae victis,”9reader, it is thou and I.
C.C.10killed and banished, we with sad hearts
14O, let a
C.12come and our joys restore.
C. his sake13, dear God, I Thee implore,
16Or we are slaves to