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British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism 1793-1815, by Betty T. Bennet, Edited by Orianne Smith

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Buonaparte's Title to the Emperor of the French vindicated
The Meteor (February 1, 1814), p. 290

A FRENCHMAN'S chief merit, all history reveals,
Has ever been reckon'd to lie in his heels!
A most needful perfection for warriors who fight ill;
And if excellence give a just claim to the title,
The Emperor of Frenchmen by right should be one,
Who, when beaten in fight, all his host can outrun;
Whence 'tis clear that Napoleon their sceptre should sway,
Who has thrice foil'd all rivals—in running away!

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September 2004