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The Degenerate Gallants

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[HERNANI, Act I., March, 1830.]


What business brings you here, young cavaliers?
Men like the Cid, the knights of bygone years,
Rode out the battle of the weak to wage,
Protecting beauty and revering age.
Their armor sat on them, strong men as true,
Much lighter than your velvet rests on you.
Not in a lady's room by stealth they knelt;

In church, by day, they spoke the love they felt.
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