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Poem by Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce


Freedom, as every schoolboy knows,
Once shrieked as Kosciusko 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 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.

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce's other poems:
  1. To the Bartholdi Statue
  2. Rimer
  3. The Legatee
  4. The New Decalogue
  5. Decalogue

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Alfred Tennyson Freedom ("Of Old Sat Freedom on the Heights") 1880
  • George Russell Freedom ("I WILL not follow you, my bird")
  • Helen Jackson Freedom ("WHAT freeman knoweth freedom? Never he")
  • Archibald Lampman Freedom ("Out of the heart of the city begotten")

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