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SONNET, TO THE AUTHOR OFR 'THE REVOLT OF ISLAM', by            
First Line: Percy! When from thy wild and mighty lyre
Last Line: Hold its high course—itself its fittest praise!
Alternate Author Name(s): Brooke, Arthur
Subject(s): Authors & Authorship; Percy, Thomas (1729-1811)


VI.

PERCY! when from thy wild and mighty lyre
Burst forth that strain which told of Fear and Faith
And Tyranny and Force and Hate and Death
Vanquished by Love and Wisdom, the lost fire
Of Hope which flashed from thy electric wire
Burned in my breast once more, and with hushed breath
I stood to see Fame's amaranthine wreath
Bound round his brows whose thoughts could thus aspire.
There shall it rest! and though earth's groveling throng
Of owl-eyed worldlings, whose enfeebled gaze
Turns back appalled from Truth's meridian blaze,
See not, nor will acknowledge, be thou strong
In self-support, and let thy glorious song
Hold its high course—itself its fittest praise!





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