Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

Why I Am A Liberal - Poem by Robert Browning

"Why?" Because all I haply can and do,
All that I am now, all I hope to be,--
Whence comes it save from fortune setting free
Body and soul the purpose to pursue,
God traced for both? If fetters, not a few,
Of prejudice, convention, fall from me,
These shall I bid men--each in his degree
Also God-guided--bear, and gayly, too?

But little do or can the best of us:
That little is achieved through Liberty.
Who, then, dares hold, emancipated thus,
His fellow shall continue bound? Not I,
Who live, love, labour freely, nor discuss
A brother's right to freedom. That is "Why."


Comments about Why I Am A Liberal by Robert Browning

  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (12/7/2015 2:04:00 PM)

    Complete version of the split images 'Desire For Freedom Dignity A Better Life', 'Sacred Noble Holy Pledge', 'Dream Freedom Freedom Ferment' and 'Global Freedom For All' by Terence George Craddock.

    Freedom Inherent Human Right

    times change
    situations change
    people change

    cultures change
    inspirations change
    dictators change

    but the desire
    for freedom
    human dignity

    hoped for better life
    remains constant need
    by citizens afflicted

    with suffering
    circumstances
    beyond control

    join humanitarian calling
    sacred noble holy pledge
    for emancipation achieved

    dream freedom for all
    let freedom ferment in mind
    cells promoting achieving

    a future setting free
    all forms of soul body
    mind slavery cruelty

    let no one be bound
    to serve in slavery
    to serve in indignity

    morality of heart
    mind proclaims
    purpose to pursue

    internationally
    freedom for all
    enforced globally


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Why I Am A Liberal' by Robert Browning.
    Dedicated to the poet Robert Browning. (Report) Reply

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  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (12/6/2015 5:31:00 PM)

    Desire For Freedom Dignity A Better Life

    times change
    situations change
    people change

    cultures change
    inspirations change
    dictators change

    but the desire
    for freedom
    human dignity

    hoped for better life
    remains constant need
    by citizens afflicted

    with suffering
    circumstances
    beyond control


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Why I Am A Liberal' by Robert Browning.
    Dedicated to the poet Robert Browning. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (12/6/2015 5:30:00 PM)

    Sacred Noble Holy Pledge

    join humanitarian calling
    sacred noble holy pledge
    for emancipation achieved


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Why I Am A Liberal' by Robert Browning.
    Dedicated to the poet Robert Browning. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (12/6/2015 5:29:00 PM)

    Dream Freedom Freedom Ferment

    dream freedom for all
    let freedom ferment in mind
    cells promoting achieving

    a future setting free
    all forms of soul body
    mind slavery cruelty

    let no one be bound
    to serve in slavery
    to serve in indignity


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Why I Am A Liberal' by Robert Browning.
    Dedicated to the poet Robert Browning. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (12/6/2015 5:28:00 PM)

    Global Freedom For All

    morality of heart mind
    proclaims purpose to pursue
    internationally freedom for all


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Why I Am A Liberal' by Robert Browning.
    Dedicated to the poet Robert Browning. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (9/22/2015 10:16:00 PM)

    Times change, situations change, but the desire for freedom, human dignity, and a better life remains a constant need by those afflicted with suffering and circumstances beyond there control.

    An Emancipation Plan For Syria

    as refugees flood Europe arriving in leaky boats
    because Syria their homeland is ruthlessly blown apart
    plan politically killing maining countless Syrians

    a noble pledge for emancipation must be heard
    freedom for all let no one be bound to serve in slavery
    freedom for all proclaims morality of heart mind


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Why I Am A Liberal' by Robert Browning.
    Dedicated to the poet Robert Browning. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (9/18/2015 11:33:00 PM)

    Another amazing poem from the legendary poet. The ideas it propounds are not only relevant but must be practiced by all even in today's circumstances. (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock Terry Craddock (9/18/2015 5:53:00 PM)

    'All that I am now, all I hope to be, -
    Whence comes it save from fortune setting free
    Body and soul the purpose to pursue, '

    A noble pledge for emancipation, freedom for all, let no one be bound to serve in slavery, morality of heart and mind proclaims freedom for all. (Report) Reply

  • Kinyua Karanja Kinyua Karanja (9/18/2015 1:33:00 AM)

    Being liberal on thoughts and beliefs without influence from religious, cultural or political dogma and prejudice is the best liberal and free life one can lead. great poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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