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But the great Master said, "I see
No best in kind, but in degree;
I gave a various gift to each,
To charm, to strengthen, and to teach.

“These are the three great chords of might,
And he whose ear is tuned aright
Will hear no discord in the three,
But the most perfect harmony."

Take them, O Death! and bear away

Whatever thou canst call thine own!
Thine image, stamped upon this clay,

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 !
Take them, O great Eternity!

Our little life is but a gust,
That bends the branches of thy tree,

And trails its blossoms in the dust!

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CHRIst to the young man said: “Yet one thing more;

If thou wouldst perfect be,
Sell all thou hast and give it to the poor,

And come and follow me!”

Within this temple Christ again, unseen,

Those sacred words hath said,
And his invisible hands to-day have been

Laid on a young man's head.
And evermore beside him on his way

The unseen Christ shall move,
That he may lean upon his arm and say,

“Dost thou, dear Lord, approve?"

Beside him at the marriage-feast shall be,

To make the scene more fair ;
Beside him in the dark Gethsemane

Of pain and midnight prayer.
O holy trust! O endless sense of rest!'

Like the beloved John
To lay his head upon the Saviour's breast,

And thus to journey on!



THE pages of thy book I read,

And as I closed each one,
My heart, responding, ever said,

“Servant of God, well done!”

Well done! thy words are great and bold;

At times they seem to me,
Like Luther's, in the days of old,

Half-battles for the free.

Go on, until this land revokes

The old and chartered lie,
The feudal curse, whose whips and yokes

Insult humanity.

A voice is ever at thy side,

Speaking in tones of might,
Like the prophetic voice, that cried

To John in Patmos, "Write!”

Wate! and tell out this bloody tale;

Record this dire eclipse,
This lay of wrath, this endless wail,

This dread Apocalypse !


BESIDE the ungathered rice he lay,

His sickle in his hand;
His breast was bare, his matted hair

Was buried in the sand.
Again, in the mist and shadow of sleep,

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 clasped his neck, they kissed his cheeks,

They held him by the hand !
A tear burst from the sleeper's lids,

And fell into the sand.

And then at furious speed he rode

Along the Niger's bank;
His bridle-reins were golden chains,

And, with a martial clank,
At each leap he could feel his scabbard of steel

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.
The forests, with their myriad tongues,

Shouted of liberty;
And the Blast of the Desert crit aloud,

With a voice so wild and free,
That he started in his sleep and smiled

At their tempestuous glee.

He did not feel the driver's wbip,

Nor the burning heat of day;
For Death had illumined the Land of Sleep,

And his lifeless body lay
A worn-out fetter, that the soul

Had broken and thrown away!



SHE dwells by great Kenhawa's side,

In valleys green and cool;
And all her hope and all her pride

Are in the village school.
Her soul, like the transparent air,

That robes the hills above,
Though not of earth, encircles there

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.

She reads to them at eventide

Of One who came to save;
To cast the captive's chains aside,

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
Of those who waited in her hall,

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.

In dark fens of the Dismal Swamp

The hunted Negro lay;
He saw the fire of the midnight camp,
And heard at times a horse's tramp

And a bloodhound's distant bay.
Where will-o'-the-wisps and glow-worms shine,

In bulrush and in brake;
Where waving mosses shroud the pine,
And the cedar grows, and the poisonous vine

Is spotted like the snake;
Where hardly a human foot could pass.

Or a human heart would dare,
On the quaking turf of the green morass
He crouched in the rank and tangled grass,

Like a wild beast in his lair.

A poor old slave, infirm and lame;

Great scars deformed his face;
On his forehead he bore the brand of shame,
And the rags, that hid his mangled frame,

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;
On him alone the curse of Cain
Fell, like a flail on the garnered grain,

And struck him to the earth!


Loud he sang the psalm of David !
He, a Negro and enslaved,
Sang of Israel's victory,
Sang of Zion, bright and free.

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