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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
 
II. Freedom
“The hills were made for freedom”
William Goldsmith Brown (1812–1905)
 
WHEN freedom from her home was driven,
  ’Mid vine-clad vales of Switzerland,
She sought the glorious Alps of heaven,
And there, ’mid cliffs by lightnings riven,
  Gathered her hero-band.        5
 
And still outrings her freedom-song,
  Amid the glaciers sparkling there,
At Sabbath bell, as peasants throng
Their mountain fastnesses along,
  Happy, and free as air.        10
 
The hills were made for freedom; they
  Break at a breath the tyrant’s rod;
Chains clank in valleys; there the prey
Writhes ’neath Oppression’s heel alway:
  Hills bow to none but God!        15
 
 
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