Monday, August 15, 2016

The Struggle For Freedom

By Albert Pike

The Ancient Wrong rules many a land, whose groans 
Rise swarming to the stars by day and night, 
Thronging with mournful clamour round the thrones 
Where the Archangels sit in God's great light, 
And, pitying, mourn to see that Wrong still reigns, 
And tortured Nations writhe in galling chains.

From Hungary and France fierce cries go up 
And beat against the portals of the skies; 
Lashed Italy still drinks the bitter cup, 
And Germany in abject stupor lies; 
The knout on Poland's bloody shoulders rings, 
And Time is all one jubilee of kings.

It will not be so always. Through the night 
The suffering multitudes with joy descry 
Beyond the ocean a great beacon-light, 
Flashing its rays into their starless sky, 
And teaching them to struggle and be free,-- 
The Light of Order, Law, and Liberty.

Take heart, ye bleeding Nations; and your chains 
Shall shiver like thin glass. The dawn is near, 
When Earth shall feel, through all her aged veins 
The new blood pouring; and her drowsy ear 
Hear Freedom's trumpet ringing in the sky, 
Calling her braves to conquer or to die.

Arm and revolt, and let the hunted stags 
Against the lordly lions stand at bay!-- 
Each pass, Thermoplæ, and all the crags, 
Young Freedom's fortresses! -- and soon the day 
Shall come when Right shall rule, and round the thrones 
that gird God's feet shall eddy no more groans.

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