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An illustrated Brighton travel guide Circa 1834

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REFLECTIONS.                 141
bably raised over the bodies of some who fell in battle. How different a scene these peaceful Downs now pre sent : on this very spot where, per­haps, once resounded the din of war, nothing but the pleasant tinkling of the sheep-bell, or the lark's shrill notes of joy, reach the ear. The bodies of thousands of human beings, who fell victims to avarice, ambition, or revenge, then strewed the plain, where now the solitary herd-boy tends the flock ; while beneath us, on the dark blue ocean, which once bore to our devoted land the hostile fleets of an invading foe, we may mark the sails of distant vessels, laden with the blessings of commerce, the fruits of industry and peace.
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