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Sweet Liberty , wake thes ! too long hast thou sjural > e * ed-- * - Can thy dreams be ' 30 dear , that they , tempt ta sleep on ? Cast away thy gilt chains , and the voices unnurpbered Of a glad world shall tell that thy thraldom is done ! Gh shall not , efe loog , that soiled mirror be shivered ,
Which is dim with the sighs of pale ft lory for thee—And the bright Sabbath dawn , in which millions delivered Shall lift their first hymn to the God of the Free > l Take the wings of t ^ wopiag , fly over the world—There is many a laud , W ^ ere the tyr ^ M h lord ;—Yet , oh shall not in all thy proud flag be unfurled , And the tree of life girt by thy cheru ^ im-awo rd ?
The Persian , who dared with the scourge and the fetter Insult the free w £ v § s of the Helie&poqt-Sjea , Did he do , sacred Freedom ! aught wiser or better Than those who lay scourges and fetters ec thee ? No , thy tides will yet rise in their strength and their acorn ,. To wash every wstige of slavery away ; And the thrones will grow pale in the light of thy morn ,
As the night-stars are drowned in the gold waves of day I One flood of redemption will sweep o ' er the eaj * th . That thy own victor-ark on the Qeluge may ri 4 e ; And the peace-hallowed olive will be the first birth Of the world , when at length the proml waters subside . Then , oh then - shall arise , in its splendour millennial , The sun of rr $ e Truth o'er the mountains of time ; And E ^ rth shal l again wear the verdure perennial ,
And the amaranth * she wore in her paradise-prime . Then at lfength in tjie wilderness fresh springs shall murmur , Then at length in the desert strange roses shall bloom , While each year , as it passes , will rivet yet firmer Every bond of the rights which the natioas resume .
Say n 6 t , think not , ths Age , which the poets call Golden , Has passed frgm this bleak world for ever away —• That no sunburst of promise will ever embolden The eagle to mount to the throne of the day 1 Already- ^ alre ^ dy ^^ the irons are s tartin g From the hands of the myriads they pinioned so long 5 Already the beams of yoking Freedom are darting On the statue + they warm" ttttit hails them in song !
In the World of the W $ st the bright epsdgn of Union , Is floajting o ' ei ; potions enlightened aiad free , ; And soon will &U join it * the splendid cojpuxmnion From the heart of tlie land to the isle of the sea I
* Immortal amaranth , a flower which once In paradise , fast by the tree of life , Began to bloom , && * Mikon , P . L . UK t An allusion to the celebrated statue o £ Memnon , which was said to yield music when it felt the first rays of the morning su » v—C , Tac . Ann . Ill , 61 .
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1826, page 45, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2544/page/45/