Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, INSTRUCTIONS, SUPPOSED TO BE WRITTEN IN PARIS, FOR THE MOB IN ENGLAND, by MARY (CUMBERLAND) ALCOCK



Poetry Explorer

Classic and Contemporary Poetry

Rhyming Dictionary Search
INSTRUCTIONS, SUPPOSED TO BE WRITTEN IN PARIS, FOR THE MOB IN ENGLAND, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Of liberty, reforms and rights I sing
Last Line: Adieu, contentment, safety, peace and quiet!
Subject(s): Class Struggle; Freedom; Revolutions; Liberty


OF Liberty, Reforms and Rights I sing,
Freedom, I mean, without or Church or King;
Freedom to seize and keep whate'er I can,
And boldly claim my right -- The Rights of Man:
Such is the blessed liberty in vogue,
The envied liberty to be a rogue;
The right to pay no taxes, tithes or dues;
The liberty to do whate'er I choose;
The right to take by violence and strife
My neighbour's goods and, if I please, his life;
The liberty to raise a mob or riot,
For spoil and plunder ne'er were got by quiet;
The right to level and reform the great;
The liberty to overturn the state;
The right to break through all the nation's laws,
And boldly dare to take rebellion's cause:
Let all be equal, every man my brother;
Why have one property, and not another?
Why suffer titles to give awe and fear?
There shall not long remain one British peer;
Nor shall the criminal appalled stand
Before the mighty judges of the land;
Nor judge nor jury shall there longer be,
Nor any jail, but every prisoner free;
All law abolished and, with sword in hand,
We'll seize the property of all the land.
Then hail to Liberty, Reform and Riot!
Adieu, Contentment, Safety, Peace and Quiet!





Other Poems of Interest...



Home: PoetryExplorer.net