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Lucy Aikin: Freedom and Peace with radiant smile now carol o’er the dungeon vile

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Lucy Aikin
From Ode to Ludlow Castle

But see! beneath yon shattered roof
What mouldy cavern, sun-beam proof,
With mouth of horror yawns?
O sight of grief! O ruthless doom!
On that deep dungeon’s solid gloom
Nor hope nor daylight dawns.

Yet there, at midnight’s sleepless hour,
While boisterous revels shook the tower,
Bedewed with damps forlorn,
The warrior-captive pressed the stones,
And lonely breathed unheeded moans,
Despairing of the morn.

That too is past: unsparing Time,
Stern miner of the tower sublime,
Its night of ages broke;
Freedom and Peace with radiant smile
Now carol o’er the dungeon vile
That cumbrous ruins choke.

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