Source: Daily Picayune
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “Anarchy”
Author(s): O’Connell, Jno. C.
City of publication: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date of publication: 15 September 1901
Volume number: 65
Issue number: 234
|O’Connell, Jno. C. “Anarchy.” Daily Picayune 15 Sept. 1901 v65n234: part 2, p. 1.|
|“For the Picayune.”|
O, Liberty! Enthroned in human right,
What outrages are wrought in thy fair name;
When keen-eyed fury breaks in secret might
Through gulf of yawning chaos into flame.
When harbingers of death—like Phrygia’s flood
Upon the shore where Niobe was changed—
Beat on the rock where thou has’t oft withstood
The sable-mantled ghouls against thee ranged.
When anarchy’s malign and poisoned sting,
Like Erynnis’ destructive venom spread,
More feared than war or pestilence, will ring
A nation’s lamentation for its dead.
The wasted freedom curdles in they veins,
Through dastard stroke of one who claimed thy pale,
And all thy fruit of time in galling chains
To mark severe the humbler human scale.