Freedom

Ambrose Bierce 1842 (Meigs County) – 1914 (Chihuahua)

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.

Blary O'Gary.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. more…

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