In Former Songs

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IN former songs Pride have I sung, and Love, and passionate, joyful Life,
But here I twine the strands of Patriotism and Death.

And now, Life, Pride, Love, Patriotism and Death,
To you, O FREEDOM, purport of all!
(You that elude me most�refusing to be caught in songs of mine,)
I offer all to you.

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�Tis not for nothing, Death,
I sound out you, and words of you, with daring tone�embodying you,
In my new Democratic chants�keeping you for a close,
For last impregnable retreat�a citadel and tower,
For my last stand�my pealing, final cry.

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