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The Devil's Dictionary: Emancipation

by Ambrose Bierce
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EMANCIPATION

-n.

A bondman's change from the tyranny of another to the despotism of himself.

He was a slave: at word he went and came;
His iron collar cut him to the bone.
Then Liberty erased his owner's name,
Tightened the rivets and inscribed his own.

-G.J.

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