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But the great Master said, "I see
“These are the three great chords of might,
Whatever thou canst call thine own!
Doth give thee that, but that alone!
Take them, O Grave! and let them lie
Folded upon thy narrow shelves, As garments by the soul laid by,
And precious only to ourselves !
Our little life is but a gust,
And trails its blossoms in the dust!
CHRIst to the young man said: “Yet one thing more;
If thou wouldst perfect be,
And come and follow me!”
Within this temple Christ again, unseen,
Those sacred words hath said,
Laid on a young man's head.
The unseen Christ shall move,
“Dost thou, dear Lord, approve?"
Beside him at the marriage-feast shall be,
To make the scene more fair ;
Of pain and midnight prayer.
Like the beloved John
And thus to journey on!
POEMS ON SLA VER Y.
TO WILLIAM E. CHANNING.
THE pages of thy book I read,
And as I closed each one,
“Servant of God, well done!”
Well done! thy words are great and bold;
At times they seem to me,
Half-battles for the free.
Go on, until this land revokes
The old and chartered lie,
A voice is ever at thy side,
Speaking in tones of might,
To John in Patmos, "Write!”
Wate! and tell out this bloody tale;
Record this dire eclipse,
This dread Apocalypse !
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;
Once more a king he strode;
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 flamingoes 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 wbip,
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.
SHE 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.
With praise and mild rebukes ;
By her angelic looks.
She reads to them at eventide
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,
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;
That shines upon her face.
THE SLAVE IN THE DISMAL SWAMP.
The hunted Negro lay;
And a bloodhound's distant bay.
In bulrush and in brake;
Is spotted like the snake;
Or a human heart would dare,
Like a wild beast in his lair.
A poor old slave, infirm and lame;
Great scars deformed his face;
Were the livery of disgrace.
All things above were bright and fair,
All things were glad and free; Lithe squirrels darted here and there, And wild birds filled the echoing air
With songs of Liberty!
On him alone was the doom of pain,
From the morning of his birth;
And struck him to the earth!
THE SLAVE SINGING AT MIDNIGIIT.
Loud he sang the psalm of David !