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Poem by George William Russell


I WILL not follow you, my bird,
I will not follow you.
I would not breathe a word, my bird,
To bring thee here anew.

I love the free in thee, my bird,
The lure of freedom drew;
The light you fly toward, my bird,
I fly with thee unto.

And there we yet will meet, my bird,
Though far I go from you
Where in the light outpoured, my bird,
Are love and freedom too. 

George William Russell

George William Russell's other poems:
  1. A Woman's Voice
  2. Divine Visitation
  3. The Great Breath
  4. Childhood
  5. Kinship

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Freedom ("Of Old Sat Freedom on the Heights") 1880
  • Ambrose Bierce Freedom ("Freedom, as every schoolboy knows")
  • Helen Jackson Freedom ("WHAT freeman knoweth freedom? Never he")

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