O Muse! the causes and the crimes relate; What goddess was provok’d, and whence her hate; For what offense the Queen of Heav’n began To persecute so brave, so just a man; Involv’d his anxious life in endless cares, Expos’d to wants, and hurried into wars!
Thus, when a fearful stag is clos’d around With crimson toils, or in a river found, High on the bank the deep-mouth’d hound appears, Still opening, following still, where’er he steers; The persecuted creature, to and fro, Turns here and there, to scape his Umbrian foe: Steep is th’ ascent, and, if he gains the land, The purple death is pitch’d along the strand.
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Everyone knows about the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.
In that country non-Muslims are persecuted by law.