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Upton Sinclair, ed. (1878–1968).
The Cry for Justice: An Anthology of the Literature of Social Protest.  1915.
 
Fredome

By John Barbour

(English poet, c.1316?–1395)
 
A! FREDOME is a nobill thing!
Fredome mayse man to haiff liking!
Fredome all solace to man giffis:
He levys at ese that frely levys;
A noble hart may haiff nane ease,        5
Na ellys nocht that may him plese,
Gyff fredome failythe: for fre liking
Is yearnyt ow’r all othir thing
Na he, that ay hase levyt fre,
May nocht knaw weill the propyrte,        10
The angry, na the wretchyt dome,
That is cowplyt to foule thyrldome.
Bot gyff he had assayit it,
Than all perquer he suld it wyt;
And suld think fredome mar to pryse        15
Than all the gold in warld that is.
 
 
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