I want the seals of power and place, 
 The ensigns of command, 
 Charged by the people's unbought grace, 
 To rule my native land. 
 Nor crown, nor scepter would I ask 
 But from my country's will, 
 By day, by night, to ply the task 
 Her cup of bliss to fill. - John Quincy Adams

"I want the seals of power and place, The ensigns of command, Charged by the people's unbought grace, To rule my native land. Nor crown, nor scepter would I ask But from my country's will, By day, by night, to ply the task Her cup of bliss to fill."

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