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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (March 1, 1878)
QuI non l'roflcit, Deficit
TO AITHKA FKOM ritisox.
ThlH beautiful little sonnet was written by
Colonel Richard Lovelace while confined In Hie
gate-houco Westminster, to which lie wan commit
ted by tho House of Common, in April KM.
When love with unconflned wings
Hovers within my gates,
And my divine Althea bring
To whisper nt my grates;
When I lye tangled In her halre;
And fetter'd with her eye,
The birds that wanton in the aire,
Know no such llbcrtyc.
When llowing cup mn swiltly round
With no allaying Thames,
Our carelcsse heads with roses crown' d,
Our hearts with loyal flames;
When thirsty grlofo In wine we steepe,
When healths and draughts goe free.
Fishes, that tipple In tho dcepo,
Know no such Ubcrtie.
When, llunet-llke, conflncd I
With shriller note shall sing
The murcyc, sweetness, majestyu,
And glories of my king;
When I shall voyco aloud how good
lie Is, how great should be,
Th' enlarged wlndcs, the curie tho Hood,
Know no such libcrtic.
Stone walls doc nut a prison make,
Nor Iron barres a cage,
Mlndcs, inuocunt, and quiet, take
That for un hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love,
And In my soule am free,
Angels alone, that soaro above,
Enjoy such Hbertle.
There is no need to explain tho mean
ing of these words, for they are sufli.
cicntly expressive of themselves. The
term is equally applicable in all ages
ami among all nations. The poor man
who places his grain in one end of
the hug and a stone in the other, in
order to balance it across his horse, be
cause his father did so, is stormed at
from every side; but still he holds out
with a degree of grit which I cannot
but admire. For this reason I propose
to take his part and attempt to assign
him some place of usefulness in tho
onward rush of civilization. I consider
him far wiser for thus sending his
wheat to mill than I should, if he
were to entrust his sackfull witli an
insane Darius Greene, who attempts,
from his kitchen roof, to soar on high,
but ignominously falls a mass of tang
led ruins in the yard below.
Probably man' of us can recall the
sport we used to have in playing at
seesaw when we lived where fences are
more plenty than here. We have noticed
too, when anyone at either extreme jump
ed off and destroyed the equilibrium, that
those at the other were unceremoniously
precipitated to the ground, and that those
were less disturbed who were nearer the
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