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"The Emperor Nepos was acknowledged by the
"Senate, by the Italians, and by the Provincials of "Gaul; his moral virtues, and military talents, were "loudly celebrated; and those who derived any pri"vate benefit from his government, announced in "prophetic strains the restoration of public felicity.
By this shameful abdication, he protracted his life
a few years, in a very ambiguous state, between
an Emperor and an Exile, till
Gibbon's Decline and Fall, vol. 6, p. 220.
'Tis done-but yesterday a King!
And armed with Kings to strive—
And now thou art a nameless thing
Is this the man of thousand thrones,
Who strewed our Earth with hostile bones?
And can he thus survive?
Since he, miscalled the Morning Star,
Nor man nor fiend hath fall'n so far.