Archive for July 9th, 2012

Monday, 9 July 2012

Freedom in America by Walter Crane

Where is thy home, O Freedom? Have they set
    Thine image up upon a rock to greet
    All comers, shaking from their wandering feet
The dust of old world bondage, to forget
The tyrannies of fraud and force, nor fret,
    When men are equal, slavish chain unmeet,
    Nor bitter bread of discontent to eat,
Here, where all races of the earth are met?

America! beneath thy banded flag
    Of old it was thy boast that men were free
        To think, to speak, to meet, to come and go.
What meaneth then the gibbet and the gag,
    Held up to Labour’s sons who would not see
        Fair Freedom but a mask – a hollow show?

From: http://www.artmagick.com/poetry/poem.aspx?id=11464&name=freedom-in-america

Date: 1887

By: Walter Crane (1845-1915)