Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DEFIANCE, by JOHN W. BOLDYREFF

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DEFIANCE, by            
First Line: I am free, I've broken the halter
Last Line: But I am in heaven to-day!
Subject(s): Freedom; Sin; Liberty

I am free, I've broken the halter,
The shackles of childish shame.
I am free, and I shall not falter;
In vain you are trying to tame
My fiery spirit, with looks that sting,
With tales of Satan and Hell,
For still in my budding heart will ring
The call of the vagrant's bell.
Far sweeter to me are the pleasures,
Of the fleet, yet gorgeous fires,
Than the firm, but paler measures
Of your steadfast and calm desires.
And you say that life is sorrow,
And that youth is a fleeting ray,—
I may go to Hell to-morrow,
But I am in Heaven to-day!

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