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THOUGHT OF A BRITON ON THE SUBJUGATION OF SWITZERLAND, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: Two voices are there; one is of the sea
Last Line: And neither awful voice be heard by thee!
Variant Title(s): Switzerland;on The Subjugation Of Switzerland;england And Switzerland, 1802
Subject(s): England; Freedom; Napoleon I (1769-1821); Switzerland; English; Liberty; Swiss

TWO voices are there: one is of the sea,
One of the mountains; each a mighty voice:
In both from age to age thou didst rejoice,
They were thy chosen music, Liberty!
There came a tyrant, and with holy glee
Thou fought'st against him; but hast vainly striven:
Thou from thy Alpine holds at length art driven,
Where not a torrent murmurs heard by thee.
Of one deep bliss thine ear hath been bereft:
Then cleave, O, cleave to that which still is left;
For, high-souled maid, what sorrow would it be
That mountain floods should thunder as before,
And ocean bellow from his rocky shore,
And neither awful voice be heard by thee!

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