Ambrose Bierce, The Cynic's Word Book (New York: Doubleday, 1906), p. 45. Republished as The Devil's Dictionary (New York: Dover, 1958). PS 1097 D4 1958 Robarts Library.
1Freedom, as every schoolboy knows,
3On every wind, indeed, that blows
4 I hear her yell.
5She screams whenever monarchs meet,
6 And parliaments as well,
7To bind the chains about her feet
8 And toll her knell.
9And when the sovereign people cast
10 The votes they cannot spell,
11Upon the pestilential blast
12 Her clamors swell.
13For all to whom the power's given
14 To sway or to compel,
15Among themselves apportion Heaven
16 And give her Hell.
2] Kosciusko: Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817), Polish military engineer who served in the American revolutionary war and lived to die, an exiled expatriot, in Switzerland in 1817. Back to Line
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