For the Fouth of July, America’s Independence Day, here’s a poem by Oscar Wilde, from 1881:
Not that I love thy children, whose dull eyes
See nothing save their own unlovely woe,
Whose minds know nothing, nothing care to know,â€”
But that the roar of thy Democracies,
Thy reigns of Terror, thy great Anarchies,
Mirror my wildest passions like the sea,â€”
And give my rage a brotherâ€”â€”! Liberty!
For this sake only do thy dissonant cries
Delight my discreet soul, else might all kings
By bloody knout or treacherous cannonades
Rob nations of their rights inviolate
And I remain unmovedâ€”and yet, and yet,
These Christs that die upon the barricades,
God knows it I am with them, in some things.