From the Broken Wing

Question

The great dawn breaks, the mournful night is past,

From her deep age-long sleep she wakes at last!

Sweet and long-slumbering buds of gladness ope

Fresh lips to the returning winds of hope,

Our eager hearts renew their radiant flight

Towards the glory renascent light,

Life and our land await their destined spring

Song-bird why dost thou bear a broken wing?

Answer

Shall spring that wakes mine ancient land again

Call to my wild and suffering heart in vain?

Or Fate's blind arrows still the pulsing note

Of my far-reaching, frail, unconquered throat?

Or a weak bleeding pinion daunt or tire

My flight to the high realms of my desire?

Behold! I rise to meet the destined spring

And scale the stars upon my broken wing!

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