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The Mask of Anarchy..

Posted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:51 pm
by Arban Blandi
Selected verses from The Mask of Anarchy by Percy Bysshe Shelley. It was written after
the Peterloo massacre carried out by the British government in Manchester in 1819
against people who had gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation.

[col]This is slavery - savage men
Or wild beasts within a den
Would endure not as ye do
But such ills they never knew.

What art thou Freedom? O! could slaves
Answer from their living graves
This demand - tyrants would flee
Like a dreams dim imagery:

Let a great Assembly be
Of the fearless and the free
On some spot of the ground
Where the plains stretch wide around.

Let the blue sky overhead,
The green earth on which ye tread,
All that must eternal be
Witness the solemnity.|Ye who suffer woes untold,
Or to feel, or to behold
Your lost country bought and sold
With a price of blood and gold –

Let a vast assembly be,
And with great solemnity
Declare with measured words that ye.

Are, as God has made ye, free
And these words shall then become
Like Oppression's thundered doom
Ringing through each heart and brain,
Heard again - again - again.

Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number -
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you
Ye are many - they are few.[/col]

Re: The Mask of Anarchy..

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:35 am
by Patush
Great poem Arban

Re: The Mask of Anarchy..

Posted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:00 pm
by qiellikaltër
Poeme e fuqishme dhe shume aktuale per ne.