The Mask of Anarchy

Here is a very abridged version of the famous ballad poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, written on the occasion of the Peterloo Massacre, Manchester 1819.

Stand ye calm and resolute,

Like a forest close and mute,

With folded arms and looks which are

Weapons of unvanquished war.

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And if then the tyrants dare,

Let them ride among you there;

Slash, and stab, and maim and hew;

What they like, that let them do.

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With folded arms and steady eyes,

And little fear, and less surprise,

Look upon them as they slay,

Till their rage has died away:

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Then they will return with shame,

To the place from which they came,

And the blood thus shed will speak

In hot blushes on their cheek:

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Rise, like lions after slumber

In unvanquishable number!

Shake your chains to earth like dew

Which in sleep had fallen on you:

Ye are many—they are few!

Read the full ballad here: https://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/Classic%20Poems/Shelley/the_mask_of_anarchy.htm 

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