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The Poems of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Volume 1 By Jonathan Swift Characters: 455

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Only the laurel got by peace

No thunder e'er can blast:

Th'artillery of the skies

Shoots to the earth and dies:

And ever green and flourishing 'twill last,

Nor dipt in blood, nor widows' tears, nor orphans' cries.

About the head crown'd with these bays,

Like lambent fire, the lightning plays;

Nor, its triumphal cavalcade to grace,

Makes up its solemn train with death;

It melts the sword of war, yet keeps it in the sheath.

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