Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ASTRAEA, by JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER

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First Line: O poet rare and old!
Last Line: As now in heaven!
Subject(s): Jonson, Ben (1572-1637); Millenium; Poetry & Poets; Social Protest

"Jove means to settle
Astraea in her seat again,
And let down from his golden chain
An age of better metal."

O POET rare and old!
Thy words are prophecies;
Forward the age of gold,
The new Saturnian lies.

The universal prayer
And hope are not in vain;
Rise, brothers! and prepare
The way for Saturn's reign.

Perish shall all which takes
From labor's board and can;
Perish shall all which makes
A spaniel of the man!

Free from its bonds the mind,
The body from the rod;
Broken all chains that bind
The image of our God.

Just men no longer pine
Behind their prison-bars;
Through the rent dungeon shine
The free sun and the stars.

Earth own, at last, untrod
By sect, or caste, or clan,
The fatherhood of God,
The brotherhood of man!

Fraud fail, craft perish, forth
The money-changers driven,
And God's will done on earth,
As now in heaven!

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