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Percy Bysshe Shelley
England in 1819
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An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king -
Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow
Through public scorn - mud from a muddy spring;
Rulers who neither see, nor feel, nor know,
But leechlike to their fainting country cling,
Till they drop, blind in blood, without a blow;
A people starved and stabbed in the untilled field -
An army, which liberticide and prey
Makes as a two-edged sword to all who wield;
Golden and sanguine laws which tempt and slay;
Religion Christless, Godless - a book sealed;
A Senate - Time's worst statute unrepealed -
Are graves, from which a glorious Phantom may
Burst, to illumine our tempestuous day.

 

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