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First Line: Not that I love thy children, whose dull eyes
Last Line: God knows it I am with them, in some things.
Alternate Author Name(s): Finga, O'flahertie Wills
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


NOT that I love thy children, whose dull eyes
See nothing save their own unlovely woe,
Whose minds know nothing, nothing care to know, --
But that the roar of thy Democracies,
Thy reigns of Terror, thy great Anarchies,
Mirror my wildest passions like the sea, --
And give my rage a brother! Liberty!
For this sake only do thy dissonant cries
Delight my discreet soul, else might all kings
By bloody knout or treacherous cannonades
Rob nations of their rights inviolate
And I remain unmoved -- and yet, and yet,
These Christs that die upon the barricades,
God knows it I am with them, in some things.





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