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First Line: Riches I hold in light esteem
Last Line: With courage to endure.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Subject(s): Death; Freedom; Immortality; Stoicism; Dead, The; Liberty

RICHES I hold in light esteem;
And Love I laugh to scorn;
And lust of fame was but a dream
That vanished with the morn:

And if I pray, the only prayer
That moves my lips for me
Is, " Leave the heart that now I bear,
And give me liberty!"

Yes, as my swift days near their goal,
'Tis all that I implore;
In life and death, a chainless soul,
With courage to endure.

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