Coeur de Noir (ravens_hearth) wrote in freestate,
Coeur de Noir

Manus haec inimica tyrannis!

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" --Patrick Henry

It is distressing, if not altogether suprising, to note that the state whose proud maxim is "Live Free or Die" has neglected to opt for the former, but rather has found a third choice in happily clinging to their shackles.

This hand to tyrants ever sworn the foe,
For freedom only deals the deadly blow,
Then sheathes in calm repose the vengeful blade,
For gentle place in freedom's hallowed shade

--Algernon Sidney
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