Excerpt from My Adopted Country: A Poem, in Three Parts
Lives there a hope within my inmost breast Of future happiness, howe'er imprest? If I desire for all, as should all men, The greatest good to all, why should my pen Withhold that hope, or rather not express What I desire that all men should possess? Why should I, when by God and Nature taught, If not quite classic, not give vent to thought? Opposed to thraldom, why should I forbear To spread my thoughts, that fellow-men may share? For if I think, however strange it seems, These may man benefit - though such, as dreams, May prove fallacious - not what I desire - Still I attention crave, as I aspire To aid my fellow-men, and nobly strive, Grateful for freedom, under which I thrive. Oft lowly plants their fragrance spread around Mute thanks to him who tills the garden ground.
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