I'm going to have quite a bit to say about our national bard (or "this ghost of a national poet, in this ghost of a nation", as Andrew O'Hagan puts it) this week, in the days leading up to the night when we celebrate him, but mostly I'll be posting a quote a day, since it's the poetry which matters.

This first one is the closing stanza of  "Love and Liberty, A Cantata".

"A fig for those by laws protected,
LIBERTY's a glorious feast!
Courts for Cowards were erected,
Churches built to please the PRIEST"

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