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XCIII.

What from this barren being do we reap ?
Our senses narrow, and our reason frail,$$
Life short, and truth a gem which loves the deep,
And all things weigh'd in custom's falsest scale ;
Opinion an omnipotence,—whose veil
Mantles the earth with darkness, until right
And wrong are accidents, and men grow pale

Lest their own judgments should become too bright, And their free thoughts be crimes, and earth have too

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And thus they plod in sluggish misery,
Rotting from sire to son, and age to age,
Proud of their trampled nature, and so die,
Bequeathing their hereditary rage
To the new race of inborn slaves, who wage
War for their chains, and rather than be free,
Bleed gladiator-like, and still engage

Within the same arena where they see
Their fellows fall before, like leaves of the same tree.

Xov.

I speak not of men's creeds—they rest between
Man and his Maker-but of things allow'd,
Averr'd, and known, and daily, hourly seen-
The yoke that is upon us doubly bow'd,
And the intent of tyranny avow'd,
The edict of Earth's rulers, who are grown
The apes of him who humbled once proud,

And shook them from their slumbers on the throne; Too glorious, were this all his mighty arm had done.

XCVI.

Can tyrants but by tyrants conquer'd be,
And Freedom find no champion and no child
Such as Columbia saw arise when she
Sprung forth a Pallas, arm'd and undefiled ?
Or must such minds be nourish'd in the wild,
Deep in the unpruned forest, ʼmidst the roar
Of cataracts, where nursing Nature smiled

On infant Washington ? Has Earth no more
Such seeds within her breast, or Europe no such shore ?

XCVII.

But France got drunk with blood to vomit crime,
And fatal have her Saturnalia been
To Freedom's cause, in every age and clime;
Because the deadly days which we have seen,
And vile Ambition, that built up between
Man and his hopes an adamantine wall,
And the base pageant last upon the scene,

Are grown the pretext for the eternal thrall
Which nips life's tree, and dooms man's worst-his

second fall.

XCVIII.

Yet, Freedom ! yet thy banner, torn, but flying,
Streams like the thunder-storm against the wind ;
Thy trumpet voice, though broken now and dying,
The loudest still the tempest leaves behind ;
Thy tree hath lost its blossoms, and the rind,
Chopp'd by the axe, looks rough and little worth,
But the sap lasts,—and still the seed we find

Sown deep, even in the bosom of the North ;
So shall a better spring less bitter fruit bring forth.

XCIX.

There is a stern round tower of other days,59
Firm as a fortress, with its fence of stone,
Such as an army's baffled strength delays,
Standing with half its battlements alone,
And with two thousand years of ivy grown,
The garland of eternity, where wave
The green leaves over all by time o'erthrown ;-

What was this tower of strength ? within its cave What treasure lay so lock’d, so hid ?-A woman's grave.

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But who was she, the lady of the dead,
Tomb'd in a palace ? Was she chaste and fair?
Worthy a king's, or more—a Roman's bed?
What race of chiefs and heroes did she bear?
What daughter of her beauties was the heir ?
How lived, how loved, how died she? Was she not
So honour'd-and conspicuously there,

Where meaner relics must not dare to rot,
Placed to commemorate a more than mortal lot ?

CI.

Was she as those who love their lords, or they
Who love the lords of others? such have been
Even in the olden time, Rome's annals say.
Was she a matron of Cornelia's mien,
Or the light air of Egypt's graceful queen,
Profuse of joy-or 'gainst it did she war,
Inveterate in virtue? Did she lean

To the soft side of the heart, or wisely bar
Love from amongst her griefs ?—for such the affections

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