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FRONTI SPIE CE
Lon: Mag: 1776
See the dread Harbinger of human Wor, yproach Brittania mulutely low the mried Bond that held the Seague si broke, e Ind gloomy vrngraner has annemét her stroke, May dowlation abdicate the plain, Avid hace & Harmony poriail again
By luis MAJESTY's' Authority
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* See the Frontispiece,