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WANDERER OF SWITZERLAND.
A Wanderer of Switzerland and his Family, consisting of his
Wife, his Daughter and her young children, emigrating from their Country, in consequence of its Subjugation by the French in 1798, arrive at the Cottage of a Shepherd, beyond the Frontiers, where they are hospitably entertained.
Shep. “ Wanderer ! whither dost thou roam ?
Weary wanderer, old and grey!
Wanderer. “ In the sunset of my day,
Stranger ! I have lost my home:
Here mine arms a Wife enfold,
These her infants, their Sire,
thee birth ?" Wand. “ Aye-'twas SWITZERLAND of yore;
But, degraded spot of earth,
O’er thy mountains, sunk in blood,
Shep. “ Yet will Time the deluge stop;
Then may SWITZERLAND be blest :
Wand. “ No ! Irreparably lost,
On the day that made us slaves,
* St GOTHARD is the name of the highest mountain in the canton of Urs, the birth-place of Swiss Independence.