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[26] Speak! shall their agony of prayer
     Come thrilling to our hearts in vain?
To us whose fathers scorned to bear
     The paltry menace of a chain;
To us, whose boast is loud and long
     Of holy Liberty and Light;
Say, shall these writhing slaves of Wrong
     Plead vainly for their plundered Right?

What! shall we send, with lavish breath,
     Our sympathies across the wave,
Where Manhood, on the field of death,
     Strikes for his freedom or a grave?
Shall prayers go up, and hymns be sung
     For Greece, the Moslem fetter spurning,
And millions hail with pen and tongue
     Our light on all her altars burning?

Shall Belgium feel, and gallant France,
     By Vendome's pile and Schoenbrun's wall,
And Poland, gasping on her lance,
     The impulse of our cheering call?
And shall the slave, beneath our eye,
     Clank o'er our fields his hateful chain?
And toss his fettered arms on high,
     And groan for Freedom's gift, in vain?

Oh, say, shall Prussia's banner be
     A refuge for the stricken slave?
And shall the Russian serf go free
     By Baikal's lake and Neva's wave?
And shall the wintry-bosomed Dane
     Relax the iron hand of pride,

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