"FREEDOM" - John Milton Poems

 
 

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"FREEDOM"


Freedom, as every schoolboy knows,
      Once shrieked as Kosciusko fell;
On every wind, indeed, that blows
         I hear her yell.

She screams whenever monarchs meet,
      And parliaments as well,
To bind the chains about her feet
         And toll her knell.

And when the sovereign people cast
     The votes they cannot spell,
Upon the pestilential blast
         Her clamors swell.

For all to whom the power's given
     To sway or to compel,
Among themselves apportion Heaven
         And give her Hell.

Blary O'Gary.