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1834. Excerpt: ... Might, M he judged, confirm his failing sway.
Therefore throughout the streets the Priests he sent To curse the
rebels.--To their gods did they For Earthquake, Plague, and Want,
kneel in the public way. "And grave and hoary men were bribed to
tell From seats Were law is made the slave of wrong, How glorious
Athens in her splendour fell, Because her sons were free, --and
that among Mankind the many to the few belong By Heaven, and
Nature, and Necessity. They said, that age was truth, and that the
young Marred with wild hopes the peace of slavery, "With which old
times and men had quelled the vain and free. "And with the
falsehood of their poisonous lips They breathed on the enduring
memory Of sages and of hards a brief eclipse; There was one
teacher, whom necessity Had armed with strength and wrong against
mankind, His slave and his avenger aye to be; That we were weak and
sinful, frail and blind, And that the will of one was peace, and we
Should seek for nought on earth but toil and misery. "' For thus we
might avoid the hell hereafter.' So spake the hypocrites, who
cursed and lied; Alas, their sway was past, and tears and laughter
Clung to their hoary hair, withering the pride Which in their
hollow hearts dared still abide; And yet obscener slaves with
smoother brow, And sneers oti their strait lips, thin, blue, and
wide, Said, that the rule of men was over now, And hence the
subject world to woman's will must bow j "And gold was scattered
thro' the streets, and wine Flowed at a hundred feasts within the
wall. In rain The steady towers in Heaven did shine As they were
wont, nor at the priestly call Left Plague her hanquet in the
jEthiop's hall, Nor Famine from the rich man's portal came, Where
at her ease she ever prays on all Who throng to kneel for foo...
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||Paperback - Trade
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