Posting here for the first time. Actually I have a very specific reason for it. Once I heard, on the BBC documentary "Essential Byron" a poem being recited. It was supposedly called Thoughts On Freedom. It really impressed me. Does anyone know this "mysterious" poem? And does anyone know if it is published and where I can find it? On the web it seems unfindable.
I have been able to decipher most of the lines from the audiofile (to be found on http://www.richardcoyle.freeola.com/TREATS/treats.html
), and so far i have:
Thoughts On Freedom
They only can feel freedom truly
Who have worn long chains
The healthy feel not healthy
In all its glow in all its glory of full veins
And frushing cheeks and bounding pulses
[This line is quite indecipherable to me, something like:]
"Till they have no nee(n) in to rag them of some malady"
That links them to their beds
In some white common feverish hospital
Where all are tended and none cared for
Left to public nurses
Paid for pity
Till they die or go forth cured
But without kindness
Hope someone can help me out with the one mysterious line. And maybe where this poem is printed somewhere. I would really appreciate it, as I think it's so relevant what's said here and I could use the poem well for my course on ethics.
Dirk-Jan from the Netherlands