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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XXVI. THE DUNOLLY EAGLE

          NOT to the clouds, not to the cliff, he flew;
          But when a storm, on sea or mountain bred,
          Came and delivered him, alone he sped
          Into the castle-dungeon's darkest mew.
          Now, near his master's house in open view
          He dwells, and hears indignant tempests howl,
          Kennelled and chained. Ye tame domestic fowl,
          Beware of him! Thou, saucy cockatoo,
          Look to thy plumage and thy life!--The roe,
          Fleet as the west wind, is for 'him' no quarry;             10
          Balanced in ether he will never tarry,
          Eyeing the sea's blue depths. Poor Bird! even so
          Doth man of brother man a creature make
          That clings to slavery for its own sad sake.


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