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Pharsalia - Book 1

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The Crossing of the Rubicon

Wars worse than civil on Emathian plains,
And crime let loose we sing; how Rome's high race
Plunged in her vitals her victorious sword;
Armies akin embattled, with the force
Of all the shaken earth bent on the fray;
And burst asunder, to the common guilt,
A kingdom's compact; eagle with eagle met,
Standard to standard, spear opposed to spear.

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Tim Axnes 10 November 2007

Vivid! .....Gods and Generals', Jeff Daniels speaks an excerpt from this poem before the impending Battle of Fredericksburg, as Col. Chamberlain 20th Maine Infantry!

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