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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. Freedom
By Henry Theodore Tuckerman (1813–1871)
FREEDOM! beneath thy banner I was born.
  O, let me share thy full and perfect life!
Teach me opinion’s slavery to scorn,
  And to be free from passion’s bitter strife;
Free of the world, a self-dependent soul,        5
  Nourished by lofty aims and genial truth,
And made more free by love’s serene control,
  The spell of beauty and the hopes of youth:
The liberty of Nature let me know,
  Caught from her mountains, groves, and crystal streams;        10
Her starry host, and sunset’s purple glow,
  That woo the spirit with celestial dreams,
On fancy’s wing exultingly to soar,
Till life’s harsh fetters clog the heart no more!

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