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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The State
By Alcæus (c. 620–c. 580 B.C.)
 
Translation of Sir William Jones

        WHAT constitutes a State?
Not high-raised battlement, or labored mound,
        Thick wall or moated gate;
Not cities fair, with spires and turrets crown’d;
        No:—Men, high-minded men,        5
With powers as far above dull brutes endued
        In forest, brake or den,
As beasts excel cold rocks and brambles rude:—
        Men who their duties know,
But know their rights, and knowing, dare maintain;        10
        Prevent the long-aimed blow,
And crush the tyrant, while they rend the chain.
 
 
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