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Rienzi, last of the Roman Tribunes
E. B.Lytton

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This etext was prepared by Sue Asscher  

Rienzi, 

The Last of the Roman Tribunes 

by 

Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. 

Then turn we to her latest Tribune's name,
From her ten thousand tyrants turn to thee,
Redeemer of dark centuries of shame -
The friend of Petrarch - hope of Italy -
Rienzi, last of Romans! While the tree
Of Freedom's wither'd trunk puts forth a leaf,
Even for thy tomb a garland let it be -
The Forum's champion, and the People's chief -

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