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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Soul and Country
 
James Clarence Mangan (1803–49)
 
 
ARISE, my slumbering soul! arise,
And learn what yet remains for thee
        To dree or do!
The signs are flaming in the skies;
A struggling world would yet be free,        5
        And live anew.
The earthquake hath not yet been born
That soon shall rock the lands around,
        Beneath their base;
Immortal Freedom’s thunder horn        10
As yet yields but a doleful sound
        To Europe’s race.
 
Look round, my soul! and see, and say
If those about thee understand
        Their mission here:        15
The will to smite, the power to slay,
Abound in every heart and hand
        Afar, anear;
But, God! must yet the conqueror’s sword
Pierce mind, as heart, in this proud year?        20
        O, dream it not!
It sounds a false, blaspheming word,
Begot and born of moral fear,
        And ill-begot.
 
To leave the world a name is nought:        25
To leave a name for glorious deeds
        And works of love,
A name to waken lightning thought
And fire the soul of him who reads,
        This tells above.        30
Napoleon sinks to-day before
The ungilded shrine, the single soul
        Of Washington:
Truth’s name alone shall man adore
Long as the waves of Time shall roll        35
        Henceforward on.
 
My countrymen! my words are weak:
My health is gone, my soul is dark,
        My heart is chill;
Yet would I fain and fondly seek        40
To see you borne in freedom’s bark
        O’er ocean still.
Beseech your God! and bide your hour!
He cannot, will not long be dumb:
        Even now his tread        45
Is heard o’er earth with coming power;
And coming, trust me, it will come,—
        Else were He dead.
 

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