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Freedom

Language: English

   Freedom, n. Exemption from the stress of authority in a beggarly half dozen
   of restraint's infinite multitude of methods. A political condition that every 
   nation supposes itself to enjoy in virtual monopoly. Liberty. The distinction
   between freedom and liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been 
   able to find a living specimen of either.

Freedom, as every schoolboy knows,
  Once shrieked as Kosciusko1 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]2 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.


G. Bachlund sets note: only the poem is set to music

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1 Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817), Polish-Lithuanian general and military leader. Served in the American revolutionary war.
2 Bachlund: "lung-impested"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:09
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