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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VII. Berlin
By John Stuart Blackie (1809–1895)
STATUES on statues piled, and in the hand
Of each memorial man a soldier’s sword!
Fit emblem of a tame and subject land,
Mustered and marked by a drill-sergeant-lord.
And these long lines of formal streets, that go        5
In rank and file, by a great captain’s skill
Were marched into this cold and stately show,
Where public order palsies private will.
Order is strong; strong law the stars commands;
But birds by wings, and thought by freedom lives;        10
The crystalled stone compact and foursquare stands,
But man by surging self-born impulse strives.
Much have ye done, lords of exact Berlin,
But one thing fails,—the soul to your machine!

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