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Poem by William Wordsworth
DISHONORED rock and ruin! that, by law Tyrannic, keep the bird of Jove embarred Like a lone criminal whose life is spared. Vexed is he, and screams loud. The last I saw Was on the wing; stooping, he struck with awe Man, bird, and beast; then, with a consort paired, From a bold headland, their loved eyrie’s guard, Flew high above Atlantic waves, to draw Light from the fountain of the setting sun. Such was this prisoner once; and when his plumes The sea-blast ruffles as the storm comes on, Then, for a moment, he in spirit resumes His rank ’mong freeborn creatures that live free, His power, his beauty, and his majesty.
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