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Aelius, of Lamus' ancient name

(For since from that high parentage

The prehistoric Lamias came

And all who fill the storied page,

No doubt you trace your line from him,

Who stretch'd his sway o'er Formiae,

And Liris, whose still waters swim

Where green Marica skirts the sea,

Lord of broad realms), an eastern gale

Will blow to-morrow, and bestrew

The shore with weeds, with leaves the vale,

If rain's old prophet tell me true,

The raven. Gather, while 'tis fine,

Your wood; to-morrow shall be gay

With smoking pig and streaming wine,

And lord and slave keep holyday.

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