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Quantum Mutata (Author: Oscar Wilde)
- 1] There was a time in Europe long ago
2] When no man died for freedom anywhere,
3] But England's lion leaping from its lair
4] Laid hands on the oppressor! it was so
5] While England could a great Republic show.
6] Witness the men of Piedmont, chiefest care
7] Of Cromwell, when with impotent despair
8] The Pontiff in his painted portico
- 9] Trembled before our stern ambassadors.
10] How comes it then that from such high estate
11] We have thus fallen, save that Luxury
12] With barren merchandise piles up the gate
13] Where noble thoughts and deeds should enter by:
14] Else might we still be Milton's heritors.