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Poem by George Gordon Byron


When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home,
	Let him combat for that of his neighbours;
Let him think of the glories of Greece and of Rome,
	And get knocked on the head for his labours.

To do good to Mankind is the chivalrous plan,
	And is always as nobly requited;
Then battle for Freedom wherever you can,
	And, if not shot or hanged, you'll get knighted. 

November 5, 1820

George Gordon Byron

George Gordon Byron's other poems:
  1. On a Change of Masters at a Great Public School
  2. To the Earl of Clare
  3. Lines Addressed to a Young Lady
  4. To Caroline (Oh! when shall the grave hide for ever my sorrow?)
  5. Granta. A Medley

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Percy Shelley Stanzas ("Away! the moor is dark beneath the moon") April, 1814
  • Emily Brontë Stanzas ("I'll not weep that thou art going to leave me")
  • Anne Brontë Stanzas ("Oh, weep not, love! each tear that springs")
  • Charlotte Bront Stanzas ("IF thou be in a lonely place")
  • Thomas Gent Stanzas ("Say, why is the stern eye averted with scorn")
  • Mary Robinson Stanzas ("WHEN fragrant gales and summer showrs")

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