Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SWITZERLAND, by JAMES SHERIDAN KNOWLES

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First Line: Once switzerland was free! With what a pride
Last Line: And think -- I had no master save his own!
Variant Title(s): Tell On Switzerland;william Tell On Switzerland
Subject(s): Freedom; Switzerland; Liberty; Swiss

ONCE Switzerland was free! With what a pride
I used to walk these hills, -- look up to heaven,
And bless God that it was so! It was free
From end to end, from cliff to lake 't was free!
Free as our torrents are, that leap our rocks,
And plough our valleys, without asking leave;
Or as our peaks, that wear their caps of snow
In very presence of the regal sun!
How happy was I in it then! I loved
Its very storms. Ay, often have I sat
In my boat at night, when, midway o'er the lake,
The stars went out, and down the mountain gorge
The wind came roaring, -- I have sat and eyed
The thunder breaking from his cloud, and smiled
To see him shake his lightnings o'er my head,
And think -- I had no master save his own!

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