Stanzas, extemporaneously written during the Egress of 1833, and the Ingress of1834 in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- How fair’s the aspect which receives our joy,
/ Aye me! who knows what follows in the train;
/ ’Tis myst’ry all, conceal’d from human pry,
/ Which time alone is able to explain.
/ How blind is man! futurity to know,
/ Though all with fondness hail the risen year;
/ For who can tell how fortune’s tide may flow,
/ Or what perplexing cares may rise severe.
A Love Sonnet, written for a Young Lady to Her Lover, to whom She soon after got Married in New Zealand Minstrelsy
Stanzas, To a Young Poet in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- The tongue of Time will have it loud express’d,
/ When round th’ eventful wheel of fortune’s whirl’d,
/ To point thy lot high seated with the blest,
/ Or high exalted, be to ruin hurl’d,
/ Then hiss’d and scoff’d at by a scandalizing world!
- Is’t future praise—a vain anticipation
/ Of phantom fame—ye harbour in your breast?
Preface in New Zealand Minstrelsy
- may we not endeavour to hand down to our posterity some familiar remembrance
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- Soon must fly off
/ Such shackles, which impede advancement in
/ The progress of the intellectual march
/ To civ’lization’s height. Fresh ideas
/ Impregnate now their souls with nobler thoughts,
/ All which may prove like seed cast in the soil,
/ Though some time dormant, yet at length to spring
/ The source of future good!
- In this I see the hand of Providence
/ Marking the course of great events to come;
/ Aye such events, that will an aspect give
/ Unto the history of the world, which have
/ Been never dreamed of by the wisest sage
/ Deep read in politics; and who has conn’d
/ Th’ economy of nations, or the affairs
/ Of man, as he’s connected with the world.
- Although such
/ Desires may be but embryo—scarcely form’d
/ To thought upon their minds, yet these may grow,
/ By more reflection cherish’d, to the seeds
/ Of wond’rous revolutions; yet a work,
/ Though each should in himself the task begin,
/ Which future generations must complete;—
/ When in their country’s history must arise
/ Another era worthy to be known
/ Through time, recorded as another birth;—
/ A fresh advancement to’ard perfection’s height!—
/ A hast’ning of that time “when shall rejoice
/ The wilderness, and blossom as the rose!”
- So may this colony, New Zealand, though
/ The youngest of her progeny, yet prove
/ In its importance not the least, and shew
/ Itself full worthy of Britannia’s care!
/ And when to full maturity ’t has grown
/ In after-ages, as a nation great,
/ May the descendants of that gifted line
/ Of Anglo Saxons found be to retain
/ That parents best instructions who gave birth;
/ And by her stand, should sad reverses fall
/ Her lot amid the changes of the world,
/ Her honors still sustaining through all time.
- And Superstition fain would hide the head
/ Convinced of folly in its rigid rites
/ Of formal services, and outward show,
/ Where mammon more is served than Him who claims
/ The humble heart’s devotion as his due.
/ Come from a sterile soil, where stunted views
/ Of holy life but grovel upon earth,
/ And never can expand to heav’nly heights,
/ Nor peace nor charity extend to all
/ Who differ may in conscience from his rule;
/ He finds some strange misgivings in his heart,
/ As there, some voice for first to him reveal’d,
/ A deep impression makes, as ’twould declare
/ That with his former ideas of truth
/ Were mingled much of error!—such bestirs
/ Reflections on the history of the past
/ With sighings for the future, while he strives
/ To raze what habit long has rooted deep!
The Two Guides in The New Zealand Survey
- ’Tis thus we Reason should prefer—
/ ’Tis wisdom, worthy all painstaking!—
/ And so her guidance seek with care,
/ While Fancy’s ’lurements false forsaking!
/ As Wisdom’s ways are pleasant ways,
/ So Reason with them harmonizes;
/ There true enjoyment’s found, as says
/ That “Truth” which ev’ry truth comprises
Canto Second in The New Zealand Survey
- industry’s progression will declare,
/ How the rude mattock primitively used
/ To till the ground, has moulded been to ploughs,
/ Thus bringing bestial labour to assist
/ In time of need! The sickle too must yield
/ To other strange contrivances to reap
/ The ripened grain, where much of toil is saved!
/ In means of war, the sling was reckoned once
/ A grand discovery to assist the arm
/ In hurling stones against a coming foe;
/ Next came the archer, and with his long bow
- progression’s nature, in the arts
/ Of life, so beneficial for mankind!—
/ Yea, all revealing to th’ mind
/ The ways of Providence,—how He pourtrays
/ On this, or other mind of chosen ones
/ Some problem to be solved, if not in full,
/ Yet partly, as their finitude can reach!—
/ Thus such inventions shewn, either for power
/ Concentrated, much weakness to assist;
/ Or such as would out-strip the lightning’s speed;
/ Bespeak great blessings, making due descent
/ In course of time, and calculated all
/ For lessening oppressions griefs and groans
/ And aiding to the happiness of man!
- how much the works of industry
/ Must have increased, and those, how much improved,
/ As one age on another has advanced;
/ So the barbarian here is skill displays
/ According as necessities would urge,
/ Though somewhat rude compared to what is shewn
/ By the sage artizan, yet much is seen
/ That might surpass th’ adept would means allow,
/ As proof that he’s a unit of our race!—
- May Britain ever glory at the call
/ Of Heav’n upon her, as an instrument
/ For spreading truth and science through the world!
/ Of sacred truths a blest repository
/ She proves—and whence proceed to ev’ry land
/ Such treasures rich; and an example meet
/ She sets surrounding nations; while t’ engage
/ In such like undertakings with good will
/ She shews that nought she loses! Well she may
/ Be styled a “Nation of Philanthrophists,”
/ As shewn through all gradations of her sons;
/ As prompt to raise the fallen, help the weak,
- Oh! may this means its best effects produce
/ Where Paxton’s genius of construction well
/ Has been developed to Britannia’s joy!—
/ Although, alas, ’tis destined like a dream
/ To disappear as it had never been:
/ Yet for the grand conception of the scheme
/ May future generations rise to bless
/ PRINCE ALBERT’S mem’ry, and his enterprise!
/ And may results upon the world yet crown
/ The bright achievements of Victoria’s reign!
- So here displayed
/ Are num’rous products of the human mind,
/ All proving immortality in man!
/ In such an active principle evolves
/ A struggling strife to rise to something great!
/ Thus stern endeavours to achieve a name
/ Cause many works to be produced, ordained
/ By providence to benefit the race
/ Of man, in his progression from a low
/ To higher state of being, upon earth.
/ Such works, results of lab’ring thoughts, while hands
- Whatever scheme on which the mind’s engaged
/ In active labour to unfold its web
/ Of intricacies, while the attempt is made,
/ With failure often meeting, yet that scheme
England’s Hope in The New Zealand Survey
- Such spirit growing with his years,
/ And knowledge right increasing,
/ While preparations ’mongst his peers,
/ ’Mid studies good increasing,
/ For that great trust—his future lot,
/ The ruling such a nation;—
/ Such spirit well informed, I wot
/ Must fit the situation!
Canto First in The New Zealand Survey
- amid scenes
Quite changed from ancient wildness!
- Those pilgrim fathers, who have bravely left
- And blest be such beginnings, as they tend
/ To realize great things in other days!
/ Such works, in truth, a monument of praise
/ Should be regarded by each rising race;
/ Such ought in due remembrance to be held
/ In memory of their fathers, as they reap
/ The fruits of former labours, while they build
/ Their fortunes on the broad foundation,
- Then oh! what words can lab’ring thoughts employ
/ T’express the feelings felt, or ev’n pourtray
/ Those scenes majestic passing in review
/ Before th’ imagination, as we aim
/ To trace their causes, from th’ effects produced?—
/ All stereotyped, and stamped indelibly
/ On Nature’s ample page! From such we dare
/ Bring forth to light, what long has lain concealed
/ In darkness—deeds now buried in the past,
/ As deep as those in far futurity,
/ The subject only of prophetic lore!—
/ But of the past, the Muse may dare unfold,
/ Such deeds, traced in the foot-prints of events,
/ Which have transpired, and long since passed away!
- hid from view in lonely solitudes
/ Untrod by man; but yet the time will come
/ When such must be explored, when enterprize
/ Fresh scope demands!
Condolence in The New Zealand Survey
- Great hopes has she for future good,
/ Seeing he trained his youths to virtue’s cause,
/ Her princes and her kings;
/ Corruption checking in the bud,
/ Aspirants bending to respect the laws,
/ Bespoke great future things!
/ Yea, grand events of vast import
/ To the advancement of the world at large,
/ As the commands of Heaven!
/ May such console, and cheer her heart,
/ While th’ honors feeling of so great a charge,
/ In worth immortal given!
/ Now, future generations shall
/ Look back and pay respect to all his worth
/ Avowed for imitation;
/ A grand criterion this of all
/ That’s great or good, in heaven or earth,
/ Or worthy in a nation!
Canto Third in The New Zealand Survey
- Thus, ocean’s made give birth t’another isle,
/ In time, to be inhabited by man!
/ Yes, still in time, at some great future date!
- Such roused thee from thy peace, thy dormant state
/ In deep immersion; ’twas a warning note
/ That grumbled out “PREPARE!—Thy time is come
/ That thou must meet some transformations new,
/ And be exalted to the cheering light,
/ Preparatory to more active scenes
- By what might hap, to man’s short sighted views
/ With judgment much awry, yet deeds are done
/ By agents strange t’effect some purpose good
/ Which to another could not trusted be:
/ And when such act, as their commission runs
/ So to the letter is the task fulfilled,
/ Though mountains must be levelled, or the plains
- Such the results which earthquakes have produced
/ All for good purposes, to be explained
/ In far futurity; when will shine out
/ Benevolence divine, in what may now
/ Be judged quite the reverse! So Providence
/ Works His own certain way, as one prepares
/ A welcome to some distant-coming friend,
/ Of whom none but himself can be aware!
- As mighty revolutions have occurred,
/ In ages long anterior to man,
/ And are transpiring even in his day,
/ So who can mark that finger which directs
/ In their occurrence, guiding to their end?
/ Or hear the fiat which commands them forth?
/ Him, whom all nature owns as sovereign Lord,
/ Whose word brought forth creation from the abyss
/ Of nothingness, reared high the ancient hills
/ Ere man was called to being; Him whose power
/ As efficacious now, as then, remains;
/ Yes, Him all nature readily obeys,
/ His plans beneficient will execute
/ For future good, by quick or slow degrees
/ As the appointments given!
- where such form’d
/ In particles, or nuggets of some note;
Canto V in The New Zealand Survey
- Looking back upon the history of the past, in so far as it regards that of the colony; and taking into consideration the hard beginnings of many a worthy old colonist, and how they faced hardship and privations with spirits of bravery; and having through arduous perseverance and toil got, as it were, through the hardest of the struggle, and coming out, so to speak, to the prospect of a time of rest and enjoyment; then, at that time,
Canto Fourth in The New Zealand Survey
- such desolations oft have proved
/ A prelude to a nobler state of things
/ Laid forth, on Nature’s ample plan, and seen
/ To be admired, when such a work’s complete!
- So Nature’s loveliness—her first debut—
/ Has also got its time glass, where the sands
/ In constant running order soon may cease,
/ And shew her liable to other change!
/ The change, no matter when it may occur—
/ To-morrow—or, may hap, a thousand years—
/ Yet still ’twill come, and so perform its work,
/ Inductive to some future good, although
/ Its aspect ruinous might such deny!
- other plants and herbage in their kinds,
/ Which might have ends assigned, to be fulfilled
/ Progressively, initiating new,
/ And hitherto unknown, earth’s faculties
/ Productive of fresh vegetable life!
- The naked surface feels
/ Itself productive, though of simplest tribe
/ Of vegetation, yet it augers well
/ For what in future time it may bring forth
/ When that time has arrived.
- In this space
/ Some valley must exist, yet unexplored,
/ In all its prestine solitude, as lone,
/ Expecting gladness in some future day;
/ When “Enterprise” makes search for greater scope
/ To exercise itself in industry!
Canto Second in The New Zealand Survey
- Allowing all free scope for rolling seas,
/ Along that space yet destined to become
/ A scene of strange convulsions, when in birth
/ Old ocean must bring forth another isle;
/ One, yet to rise to eminent renown!
Signs of the Times in 1853 in The New Zealand Survey
- ’Tis their calling: as it calls
/ New arguments to work upon
/ Our unaccustomed thoughts, whereon
/ We have not yet consider’d,—hence
/ We’re forced to follow in the dance;
/ Or else gulp down, what we might puke,
/ If wrong we for the right mistook;—
/ True!—thus we by experience
/ Are made to learn, or gather sense,
/ For future guidance in the art
/ Of Government;—
Canto Fifth in The New Zealand Survey
- For bygone ages had their times of change,
/ Preparatory to some future plan
/ To be accomplished in its season due;
/ And, as the earth has first to be subdued
/ Ere man, its lord, can bring it to his use;
/ So now a mighty change is passing o’er
/ Those scenes; however slow may be its course,
/ Its progress, like the stealthy steps of time,
/ Is certain, with improvements in its train,
/ To tame this once unbroken wilderness
/ Of savage grandeur!
- Your works shall shew where virtue claims to dwell
/ While musing o’er the past; for as in yore
/ The founders of a nation have been held
/ In awful veneration; so may you
/ Brave pioneers! of futute greatness, be
/ In th’ annals of the country held endeared!
- so that virtue well might reign
/ The source of all prosperity and peace!
/ The ultimate design of providence
/ In peopling earth, subduing desert wilds,
/ Is now in progress; where a clearing’s formed,
/ A good beginning’s seen, prelusively
/ Of happier events to be brought forth,
/ Though still in future hid; as harvests good,
/ Of plenteous return, are the results
/ Of industry in spring; so future things
/ Indicative of great events to come
/ In the still further future, are results
/ Of small beginnings buried in the past!
/ Thus ev’ry humble effort that’s put forth
/ In such a wilderness, to make a home,
/ That effort bears its own proportion to
- That ancient who (3)
/ Of late departed life,—who in his youth
- At early morn, as they’d through custom sit,
/ Wrapped in their shaggy mats, upon the beach,
/ With vacant gaze on the horizon’s bound,
Canto I in The New Zealand Survey
- If we look on the map of the Southern Hemisphere one may easily perceive that it requires no great amount of prescience (especially to a mind of thought and enterprize, even although such spirit of enterprize may not have the power or means to put thought in a practical or tangible form) to see and shew to others how New Zealand shall yet become the Great Britain of the South. Take into consideration the genial climate of New Zealand, then its extensive seaboard, its numerous harbours and navigable rivers, such that may be much improved upon, and again its multitude of inland never failing streams, many of them well adapted, with little expense or trouble, for the driving of any kind of machinery for manufacturing purposes, where perhaps steam engines would be of less service through the want of a cheap supply of coal, should such prove to be scarce. Those streams with their waterfalls and rapids, how easily could they be brought into actual service in aiding the enterprize and industry of those who may yet discover their interests lying in that direction; so that instead of sending the wool of the country away to be spun and manufactured elsewhere—only to be brought back again with heavy charges attached,—such could be spun and manufactured here, to be dispersed among markets elsewhere. Standing on this point of view and looking toward the numerous islands and their populations, on the vast Pacific ocean, and taking into consideration the extensive field of wealth there will be to work upon, in the development of their resources, from which every kind of raw material in cotton and other produce may be had to be manufactured in New Zealand for the markets of the southern world. On the one hand, not only see the naked wants of the Pacific islanders, but also see the whole
An Ode on Manawatu in The New Zealand Survey
- Britannia may boast of the Thames or the Clyde,
/ What were they once, but like this wild looking stream,
/ Till science, progressing, had made them her pride
/ For commerce, and worthy a nation’s esteem;
/ The time is approaching when enterprise may,
/ With many improvements thine aspects renew,
/ When cities around may spring up, and display
/ Bright glories enchanting to Manawatu!
- Such pleasures in prospect, for joy unsurpassed,
/ When future’s in contrast with all he has known;
Canto First in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Say, what is Love?—But first its source declare,
/ And shew its Truth.—Come, Inspiration come
/ And to the Muse unfold the holy theme:
/ As when a scroll of prophecy’s unwound,
/ Displaying future myst’ries; so propound
/ Love’s nature, and its powers; and so declare
New Year Salutations, for 1863 in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- To think of such, now civ’lization enlightens
/ Our lot in our day, may we grateful be found!—
/ Thus, as we look forward, the prospect much brightens,
/ While duty is ours, in faith’s works to abound!
/ See! are we not nearing the borders sublime,
/ Of that dispensation, Millennium will cheer?
/ So, gladly let’s welcome that forth-coming time,
/ By bidding all round us, A happy New Year!
- Good things of the past, bespeak much for the future,
/ Though nought of self merit in them may claim:
/ For, ’tis all of grace; in the act, and its nature,
/ We’re only mere agents unworthy of fame!
/ What gift is conferr’d on us, may we improve it;
/ ’Twas not to lie idle, or put to abuse!—
/ Where energy’s roused, Heaven’s aid will approve it,
/ And joy shall result to our souls’ special use!
- ’Tis hope, blessed hope in the future, that cheers
/ The heart in its sadness, and keeps it above
/ Whelming waves of affliction, from sinking in fears;
/ Aye, even when quench’d are the motives of love.
/ Oh! hard it is truly to be victimised,
/ As having one’s feelings the prey of despair:
/ Kind Heaven, look on such; let be realized
/ That hope in some change which their joy might declare!
- We look on the future, but ’tis not defined;
/ A great bank of shaddows rests o’er the abyss;
/ And who can tell what underneath is design’d
/ To fall to our lots,—whether sorrow, or bliss?
/ How Fancy paints brightly things distant to reach!
/ Yet, what lies behind is in darkness conceal’d:
/ Thus, wisdom from all past experience would teach,
/ “Be prompt to embrace what is truly reveal’d!”
- ’Tis well to glance back on the paths we have travell’d,
/ To see where we’ve err’d, or have faild to take heed;
/ That future enigmas may soon get unrevall’d,
/ Which puzzling may seem; and so aid to succeed!
A Lay on Wanganui in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- What now is seen, is prelude mere
/ Of what in future may occur
/ As shipping large may hither steer
/ With merchandise without demur;
/ Like that upon the Thames, or Clyde,
/ Which would make northern Britain great;—
/ When science makes this stream “the pride”
/ Of other days, in prosprous state!
- Aye then what grand improvements due,
/ Will on thine aspect be impress’d:
/ Thy present worthiness, most true,
/ Shall thus in future be confess’d!
- By Wanganui’s stream I strayed.
/ Contemplating the scenes around,
/ Where much of interest seem’d display’d
/ And Nature’s beauties would abound,
/ All to the eye, and to the mind
/ Contemplative, a tale would tell
/ Of yore, while promises combined
/ For future, they’d declare as well!
- For future needs, all round declare
/ Nature has ever been intent!—
Inspiration in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- His eye turn’d on the bubbling brook, which dimpling flow’d along
/ Between two flow’ry banks, he felt enamour’d with its song;
/ He heard its language, once unknown, in all its strains sublime;
/ And saw, in ceaseless rapid flow, the mighty course of Time!
/ Above the bridge, he saw pourtray’d time future coming on;
/ And there, beneath, at once discern’d time present,— past, anon.
/ Nay, whence the stream, and where it goes, as hid from straining eyes,
/ He there descried emphaticly, two vast Eternities.—
/ No better theme could him engage than the instructive brook;
/ Employment gladly got his pen, and soon he fill’d his book!
Canto Third in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Hard is his lot, whose loving heart would bode
/ On future joys, as seeing the bright scene
- But oft it haps, ’midbouyant hopes of bliss,
/ View’d in the future, charming to behold,
/ Like telescopic scenes, for beauty’s sheen,
/ That wayward things will yet one’s path beset,
/ ’S ifProvidence had doom’d his lot, to be
/ Far otherwise, than what he for himself
/ Had chosen; or the one on whom his heart
/ Is fix’d, is not appointed as—“mine own!”
- But,—(Oh! that cruel “BUT”,’tis like the thrust
- Anticipation will as much enhance
/ Life’s joys in value, as when realized!—
/ Anticipation of expected bliss,
/ How like the bright sun shining in one’s face,
/ The eyesight dazzling with its glory, so
/ That pitfalls, or obstructions, which waylay
/ One’s progress, are unseen—all quite unknown,
/ Until he gets entangled to his woe!—
Canto Fourth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- Such a fair pourtrait of gay Helen’s mind;
/ And such the cultivation it received;
/ Such, the foundation laid, on which to rear
/ The simple structure of her after-life!
Canto Second in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- So feels, th’ enamour’d swain, whose loving heart
/ Has got entrapp’d, suspecting nought of guile,
/ In her, who, took his fancy, wiled his heart,
/ Until attainment of her ends she gain’d:—
/ Now base deceit, no longer held in check,
/ Must out anon! and that to his dismay,
/ O’erwhelming all his prospects bright with gloom!
/ Such sudden change appals; he feels its shock
/ Quite paralizing all his energies
/ For future weel;
- ’Tis truly sad, when thus her heart is given,
/ And troth is pledged, unto a worthless one,
/ Then find herself deceived; and each fond hope,
/ Of future bliss, which once her heart inspired
/ Are blighted,—fled—and left, a painful void!
/ Thus feels she now her sad position; thus
/ She feels new energies, undream’d of once,
/ Arise within her heart, to cope with cares
/ Unthought of, ere such had her lot become!
Canto Sixth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- A problem, grave, no doubt, which can be solved
/ More honourably, than by self-revenge!
/ Thus, Providence would teach, another course
/ Of duty is thy lot; and which is thine
/ To search out, and the task there found, fulfill!
/ The place, where thou successful search canst make
/ Is chiefly in thy nature,—not in ought,
/ Which leads to dissipation, or disgrace,—
/ Yes, chiefly in thy nature, like good gold
/ In store ’mid clay or rnbbish; to be had
/ As the reward for searching; so thou may’st
/ Have inwrought duties of some special kind,
/ Adapted to thy genius, which yet lie
/ Incognito, awaiting such a time
/ To be sought after; and, in being done,
/ Reward to good advantage, in the joy
/ Performance gives, in banishing thy woes!
/ Thus, vex’d affections, where they’ve been misplaced
/ May prove the prelude to thy future bliss!
- If’tis our nature Reason’s power t’ employ,
/ In oppositon to vain fancy’s mood;
/ Such nature is a blessing in itself;
/ ’Tis a reward incorporate with means
/ Employ’d in the fulfillment of our dues.
/ The duty thus imposed, will in ourselves
/ Find the due mode, whereby it will be done!
Canto Fifth in The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems
- So, such shall aye
/ Be his employment, till his journey ends,
/ When He’s absorb’d into th’ ETERNITY
/ Of far Futurity; as when the ship
/ With all its freight is safely moor’d at length,
/ Within the destined haven of its rest!
/ How varied are the dispensations given
/ From out Time’s budget as he posts along:
/ To this, of love; to that, of much rebuke:
/ To some, of peace; to others, war and strife;
/ To this. a disappointment; joy, to that;—
/ To persons, and to nations, each their dues’
/ According as their merits mark their doom:
/ Thus, like a courier, makes he sure despatch
/ Of business, doing all his Sovereign’s will;—
/ And, who dare such gainsay?— What is the lot,
/ Whether or not expected, to us given,
/ We must take up instanter!
- Thus, forward to life’s close, on earth, they look,
- What great mistakes are made when heedless youth
/ Must eagerly bland fancies conjure up,
/ Which fain he’d look on, as realities,
/ Much to be prized;—ah! then his fancied hopes
/ Have little of developement, while vague
/ His wishes are, unsteadfast in their aims.
/ Thus small perception has he of his needs;
/ And their pecuiar natuer, as might prompt
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