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In camps about the centre I appear (Posted on 2013-03-20) Difficulty: 1 of 5
In camps about the centre I appear; 
In smiling meadows seen throughout the year; 
The silent angler views me in the streams, 
And love-sick maidens in their morning dreams; 
First in each mob conspicuous I stand, 
Proud of the lead, and double in command; 
Without my power no mercy can be shown, 
Or soft compassion to their hearts be known; 
Each sees me in himself, yet all agree 
Their hearts and persons have no charms for me; 
The chymist proves my virtue upon ore, 
For touch'd by me, he changes it to more.
What does I refer to?

(Appeared in: The Masquerade, Volume 1, 1797.)

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These archaic puzzles can be fun, and this is a good one.

The answer is not just 'double in command' but it's fore, aft and doubled in the sentence 'Mom in Amman is madam'.

  Posted by xdog on 2013-03-20 15:39:43
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