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Bandusia's fount, in clearness crystalline,

worthy of the wine, the flowers we vow! To-morrow shall be thine

A kid, whose crescent brow

Is sprouting all for love and victory.

In vain: his warm red blood, so early stirr'd,

Thy gelid stream shall dye, Child of the wanton herd.

Thee the fierce Sirian star, to madness fired,

Forbears to touch: sweet cool thy waters yield

To ox with ploughing tired, And lazy sheep afield.

Thou too one day shalt win proud eminence

'Mid honour'd founts, while I the ilex sing

Crowning the cavern, whence Thy babbling wavelets spring.

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