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Friends! brothers! sons!
Leal-hearted ones!
  That rally round our standard;
Long be your days,
And green your�e bays;
  Of freedom you�re the vanguard.

(Now dreary �uns!)
  Absent � and great�s the pity!
Wish them merry
Christmas, very;
  Tribe and chief whose joy is Chitty.

Worst of all,
Could us befall,
  (And here�s a joke that tickles.)
We�re out a five pencex
By absence hence
  Of the five expected Nichols!

Direction changing,
Vision ranging;
  (Perhaps the verse is �jerky?)
x A �Nickel� is assumed to be colloquial for a cent or
penny � hence the �goak.�    � Rather!               
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