England 1819

Text and Wordlist

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-edg 'd sword to all who wield ,

Golden and sanguine laws which tempt and slay ,

Religion Christless , Godless - a book seal 'd ,

A Senate - Time 's worst statute unrepeal 'd ,

Are graves , from which a glorious Phantom may

Burst , to illumine our tempestuous day


despised

dregs

scorn

prey

wield

sanguine

slay

statute

graves

glorious

phantom

tempestuous

hated

garbage

reject/rejection

(hunted animal)

hold

cheerful

kill

law

(places where bodies are buried)

beautiful

ghost

stormy

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