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THE SLAVE'S DREAM.
BESIDE the ungathered rice he lay,
His sickle in his hand;
Was buried in the sand.
He saw his Native Land.
Wide through the landscape of his dreams
The lordly Niger flowed ; Beneath the palm-trees on the plain
Once more a king he strode ; And heard the tinkling caravans
Descend the mountain-road.
He saw once more his dark-eyed queen
Among her children stand;
They held him by the hand !
And fell into the sand.
And then at furious speed he rode
Along the Niger's bank;
And, with a martial clank,
Smiting his stallion's flank. Before him, like a blood-red flag,
The bright flamingos flew ; From morn till night he followed their flight,
O’er plains where the tamarind grew, Till he saw the roofs of Caffre huts,
And the ocean rose to view. At night he heard the lion roar,
And the hyæna scream, And the river horse, as he crushed the reeds
Beside some hidden stream; And it passed, like a glorious roll of drums,
Through the triumph of his dream.
Shouted of liberty;
With a voice so wild and free,
At their tempestuous glee.
He did not feel the driver's whip,
Nor the burning heat of day;
And his lifeless body lay
Had broken and thrown away!
THE GOOD PART,
THAT SHALL NOT BE TAKEN AWAY.
SAE dwells by Great Kenhawa's side,
In valleys green and cool ;
Are in the village school.
That robes the hills above,
All things with arms of love. And thus she walks among her girls
With praise and mild rebukes ; .. Subduing e'en rude village churls
By her angelic looks.
Of One who came to save ;
And liberate the slave.
And oft the blessed time foretells
When all men shall be free; And musical, as silver bells,
Their falling chains shall be.
And following her beloved Lord,
In decent poverty, She makes her life one sweet record
And deed of charity.
For she was rich, and gave up all
To break the iron bands
And laboured in her lands.
Long since beyond the Southern Sea
Their outbound sails have sped, While she, in meek humility,
Now earns her daily bread.
It is their prayers, which never cease,
That clothe her with such grace; Their blessing is the light of peace
That shines upon her face.