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And chimed together, We are brothers. O poem unsurpassed! it ran
All round the world, unlocking man to man.
France is too poor to pay
The service of that ample spirit; Paltry seem low dictatorship and throne, If balanced with thy simple merit. They had to thee been rust and loss;
Thy aim was higher,-thou hast climbed a Cross.
TO JOHN G. PALFREY.
THERE are who triumph in a losing cause, Who can put on defeat, as 'twere a wreath Unwithering in the adverse popular breath, Safe from the blasting demagogue's applause; 'Tis they who stand for Freedom and God's laws.
And so stands Palfrey now, as Marvell stood,
Fearfully watering with his realm's best blood Cromwell's quenched bolts, that erst had cracked and flamed,
Scaring, through all their depths of courtier mud, Europe's crowned bloodsuckers, how more ashamed
Ought we to be, who see Corruption's flood
O utter degradation! Freedom turned
Slavery's vile bawd, to cozen and betray
And we are silent,- -we who daily tread
Beckon no more, shades of the noble dead! Be dumb, ye heaven-touched lips of winds and waves!
Or hope to rouse some Coptic dullard, hid
With cerements close, to wither in the cold
Beauty and Truth, and all that these contain,
We climb to them through years of sweat and pain;
Without long struggle, none did e'er attain The downward look from Quiet's blissful seat: Though present loss may be the hero's part, Yet none can rob him of the victor heart Whereby the broad-realmed future is subdued, And Wrong, which now insults from triumph's car, Sending her vulture hope to raven far,
Is made unwilling tributary of Good.
O Mother State, how quenched thy Sinai fires! Is there none left of thy staunch Mayflower breed?
No spark among the ashes of thy sires,
Of Virtue's altar-flame the kindling seed?
Are these thy great men, these that cringe and creep,
And writhe through slimy ways to place and power?
How long, O Lord, before thy wrath shall reap Our frail-stemmed summer prosperings in their flower?
O for one hour of that undaunted stock
O for a whiff of Naseby, that would sweep,
From the Lord's threshing-floor! Yet more than half
The victory is attained, when one or two,
Through the fool's laughter and the traitor's
Beside thy sepulchre can abide the morn, Crucified Truth, when thou shalt rise anew
TO W. L. GARRISON.
"Some time afterward, it was reported to me by the city officers. that they had ferreted out the paper and its editor; that his office was an obscure hole, his only visible auxiliary a negro boy, and his supporters a few very insignificant persons of all colors.'-Letter of H. G. Otis.
IN a small chamber, friendless and unseen,
Toiled o'er his types one poor, unlearned young
The place was dark, unfurnitured, and mean;Yet there the freedom of a race began.
Help came but slowly; surely no man yet
What need of help? He knew how types were
He had a dauntless spirit, and a press.
Such earnest natures are the fiery pith,
The compact nucleus round which systems grow!
O Truth! O Freedom! how are ye still born
What! shall one monk, scarce known beyond his cell,
Front Rome's far-reaching bolts, and scorn her frown?