To dwell free if not to reign
Milton, Paradise Lost, Book VI, 292
So I failed to achieve victory,
And you shout coward as I leave?
You mock my choice to escape their reign;
To choose what I can be?
I do not flee, I stride away
To a new kingdom of little fame,
And there I shall live a mean and meagre life
To dwell free if not to reign.
Apologies for the late posting – work, alas, caught up with me. But now I have posted this – to some extent it was (Of course) inspired by Milton, but to a greater extent it was inspired by 19th-century exiles, who would withdraw from their countries to be free, though far from home.
The Hapless Neo-Romantic