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    England in 1819

    by Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying king, -
    Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow
    Through public scorn, -mud from a muddy spring, -
    Rulers who neither see, nor feel, nor know,
    But leech-like to their fainting country cling,
    Till they drop, blind in blood, without a blow, -
    A people starved and stabbed in the untilled field, -
    An army, which liberticide and prey
    Makes as a two-edged sword to all who wield, -
    Golden and sanguine laws which tempt and slay;
    Religion Christless, Godless -a book sealed;
    A Senate, -Time's worst statute unrepealed, -
    Are graves from which a glorious Phantom may
    Burst, to illumine our tempestuous day.
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