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SONNET ON THE SUBMISSION OF THE NEAPOLITANS, by            
First Line: Dastardly slaves! And is it - can it be
Last Line: And weep that thou producest things like these.
Alternate Author Name(s): Brooke, Arthur
Subject(s): Freedom; Naples, Italy; Tyranny & Tyrants; Liberty; Dictators


DASTARDLY slaves! and is it—can it be,
That men who might have burst their bonds of shame,
Have lightly thus abandoned their proud aim,
Fixed their own fetters and would not be free!
What, basely bend again a servile knee!
What, crouch before the conqueror's path in tame,
Submission! Ye, who dared to breathe the name,
The ennobling name of divine Liberty!
O Italy! who groaning 'neath the sway
Of unresisted tyranny didst deem
Deliverance near, now wake from that fond dream,
And in the mantle of thy miseries
Hiding thy visage wan, oh, turn away
And weep that thou producest things like these.





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