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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
James Oppenheim. 1882–
 
93. The Slave
 
THEY set the slave free, striking off his chains... 
Then he was as much of a slave as ever. 
  
He was still chained to servility, 
He was still manacled to indolence and sloth, 
He was still bound by fear and superstition,         5
By ignorance, suspicion, and savagery... 
His slavery was not in the chains, 
But in himself.... 
  
They can only set free men free... 
And there is no need of that:  10
Free men set themselves free. 
 
 
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