Be not a tyrant;
Submit to none.
If you heed these,
Then all is won.
And if it frees
A single soul,
Then fight the war
And pay the toll.
And if it mar
Your peaceful life,
Know freedom is far
From a lack of strife.

Featured image: ‘Leonidas at Thermopylae,” by Jacques-Louis David (1814), image in the public domain.

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