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Good Words 1860
The Boy and the Captive Bird


Oh ! give It liberty!
Canst thou not tell
The blessings of the free?
No! for the captive's cheerless cell
Hath never closed on thee.

Who pray for health?
They who have felt
Disease's weary bed.
Who pine for wealth?
They who have knelt,
And vainly begg'd for bread.

Then give it liberty!
Blue sky and balmy breeze,
And shelter of the greenwood treeŚ-
Oh! how it droops for these!

True, thou hast made its home
Of gaily-gilded bars;
But what are these to heaven's free dome.
With all its twinkling stars?

Think ye the captive's brain
Could grow to slavery cold,
Though every limb might wear a chain
Of brightly burnish'd gold?

Then give it liberty!
For thee 'tis well
Thy glad young life is free.
Pray that the solitary cell
May never close on thee 1

J. A.


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