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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Epigram from Independence

By Tobias George Smollett (1721–1771)

THY spirit, Independence, let me share,

Lord of the lion-heart and eagle-eye;

Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare,

Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.

Deep in the frozen regions of the North,

A goddess violated brought thee forth,—

Immortal Liberty, whose look sublime

Hath bleached the tyrant’s cheek in every varying clime!