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And is it Christian England cheers
The bruiser, not the bruised ? And must she run, despite the tears And prayers of eighteen hundred years,
A-muck in Slavery's crusade?
O black disgrace! O shame and loss
Too deep for tongue to phrase on! Tear from your flag its holy cross, And in your van of battle toss
The pirate's skull-bone blazon !
ASTRÆA AT THE CAPITOL.
ABOLITION OF SLAVERY IN THE DISTRICT OF
HEN first I saw our banner wave
We all over the nation's council-ball,
Above the nation's council-hall,
In the foul market-place I stood,
And saw the Christian mother sold,
And childhood with its locks of gold,
I shut my eyes, I held my breath,
That set my Northern blood aflame,
Beside me gloomed the prison-cell
Where wasted one in slow decline
For uttering simple words of mine, And loving freedom all too well.
The flag that floated from the dome
Flapped menace in the morning air ;
I stood a perilled stranger where The human broker made his home.
For 'crime was virtue: Gown and Sword
And Law their threefold sanction gave,
And to the quarry of the slave Went hawking with our symbol-bird.
On the oppressor's side was power ;
And yet I knew that every wrong,
However old, however strong, But waited God's avenging hour.
I knew that truth would crush the lie,
Somehow, some time, the end would be ;
Yet scarcely dared I hope to see The triumph with my
But now I see it! In the sun
A free flag floats from yonder dome,
And at the nation's hearth and home The justice long delayed is done.
Not as we hoped, in calm of prayer,
The message of deliverance comes,
But heralded by roll of drums On waves of battle-troubled air!
'Midst sounds that madden and appall,
The song that Bethlehem's shepherds knew!
The harp of David melting through The demon-agonies of Saul !
Not as we hoped ;
but what are we? Above our broken dreams and plans God lays, with wiser hand than man's, The corner-stones of liberty.
I cavil not with Him : the voice
That freedom's blessed gospel tells
Is sweet to me as silver bells, Rejoicing ! — yea,
I will rejoice!
Dear friends still toiling in the sun,
Ye dearer ones who, gone before,
Are watching from the eternal shore The slow work by your hands begun,