Not What Was Meant
When the Academy of Arts demanded freedom
Of artistic expression from narrow-minded bureaucrats
There was a howl and a clamour in its immediate vicinity
But roaring above everything
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Bertolt Brecht

What freeman knoweth freedom? Never he
Whose father's father through long lives have reigned
O'er kingdoms which mere heritage attained.
Though from his youth to age he roam as free
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Helen Hunt Jackson

Freedom from fear is the freedom
I claim for you my motherland!
Freedom from the burden of the ages, bending your head,
breaking your back, blinding your eyes to the beckoning
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Rabindranath Tagore

The Battle Cry Of Freedom (Southern Version)
Our flag is proudly floating
On the land and on the main,
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Beneath it oft we've conquered,
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Anonymous Americas

A Sad State Of Freedom
You waste the attention of your eyes,
the glittering labour of your hands,
and knead the dough enough for dozens of loaves
of which you'll taste not a morsel;
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Nazim Hikmet

Stanzas: When A Man Hath No Freedom
When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home,
Let him combat for that of his neighbours;
Let him think of the glories of Greece and of Rome,
And get knock'd on the head for his labours.
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George Gordon Byron

Democracy will not come
Today, this year
Nor ever
Through compromise and fear.
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Langston Hughes

The Spirit Of Freedom Is Born Of The Mountains
The spirit of freedom is born of the mountains,
In gorge and in canon it hovers and dwells;
Pervading the torrents and crystalline fountains,
Which dash through the valleys and forest clad dells.
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Alfred Castner King

The New Crusade
LIFE is a trifle;
Honor is all;
Shoulder the rifle;
Answer the call.
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Katharine Lee Bates

Epigram, 1734
Born to be slaves, our fathers freedom sought,
And with their blood the precious treasure bought;
We their mean offspring our own bondage plot,
And, born to freedom, for our chains we vote.
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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Written At An Inn At Henley
To thee, fair Freedom! I retire,
From flattery, cards, and dice, and din;
Nor art thou found in mansions higher
Than the low cot, or humble inn.
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William Shenstone

Freedom Xiv
And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom."

And he answered:

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Khalil Gibran

Freedom Or Queen
LAND where the banners wave last in the sun,
Blazoned with star-clusters, many in one,
Floating o'er prairie and mountain and sea;
Hark! 't is the voice of thy children to thee!
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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Freedom's Battle-Song
RED, white, blue, the flag that leads us on,
Stripes as red as blood well shed by many a hero gone.
Now 'tis ours to storm the towers of tyranny and wrong,
Freedom's sons who front the guns with Freedom's battle-song.
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Katharine Lee Bates

Ye Heralds Of Freedom
Ye heralds of freedom, ye noble and brave,
Who dare to insist on the rights of the slave,
Go onward, go onward, your cause is of God,
And he will soon sever the oppressor's strong rod.
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Anonymous Americas

Emancipation Day
The sixties brought a clash of armsâ??
The mem'ry of it thrills and charmsâ??
While Negro slaves for freedom prayed,
Till Heaven bowed to give them aid.
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Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer

He's Taken Out His Papers
He's taken out his papers, an' he's just like you an' me.
He's sworn to love the Stars and Stripes an' die for it, says he.
An' he's done with dukes an' princes, an' he's done with kings an' queens,
An' he's pledged himself to freedom, for he knows what freedom means.
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Edgar Albert Guest

Shine, Republic
The quality of these trees, green height; of the sky, shining, of
water, a clear flow; of the rock, hardness
And reticence: each is noble in its quality. The love of freedom
has been the quality of Western man.
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Robinson Jeffers

A Classroom Assignment
On Freedom
By Thomas S. Sidney, aged 12 Years
October 21st, 1828

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Anonymous Americas

The Blatant Beast saw meadows, made for peace,
Sunlit and gently asway, and held them light,
Till each green blade grew rigid in the night
And ruddied with a glorious morn's increase.
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John Le Gay Brereton

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