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Feed fat, ye locusts, feed!
Ye pile your own full board.
How long, O Lord! how long
At Thy own altars pray?
Is not Thy hand stretched forth Visibly in the heavens, to awe and smite? Shall not the living God of all the earth,
And heaven above, do right?
Woe, then, to all who grind
Its bright and glorious crown!
Woe to the priesthood! woe
The searching truths of God!
Their glory and their might
Of a world's liberty.
Oh! speed the moment on When Wrong shall cease — and Liberty, and Love, And Truth, and Right, throughout the earth be known
As in their home above.
t THE CHRISTIAN SLAVE.
[In a late publication of L. F. Tasistro, "Random Shots and Southern Breezes," is a description of a slave auction at New Orleans, at which the auctioneer recommended the woman on the stand as "A Good Christian !"]
A Christian ! going, gone!
Uath in her suffering won?
My God! can such things be?
Is even done to Thee?
In that sad victim, then,
Bound, sold, and scourged again!
A Christian up for sale!
Her patience shall not fail!
A heathen hand might deal
Ye neither heed nor feeL
Con well thy lesson o'er,
The outcast and the poor.
But wisely shut the ray
One stern command — " Obet !" •
So shalt thou deftly raise
Thy church shall praise.
Grave, reverend men shall tell
Thy poor disciples sell.
Oh, shame ! the Moslem thrall,
His fetters break and fall.
Cheers for the turbaned Bey
Their inmates into day:
But our poor slave in vain
And rivet on his chain.f
•There is in Liberty county, Georgia, an Association for the religions instruction of Negroes. Their seTenth annual report contains an address by the Rev. Josiah Spry Law, from which we extract the following: — "There is a growing interest, in this community, in the religious instruction of Negroes. There is a conviction that religious instruction promotes the quiet and order of the people, and the pecuniary interest of the owners."
t We often see advertisements in the Southern papers, in which individual
God of all right! how long
And haughty brow of wrong?
Oh, from the fields of cane,
And coffle's weary chain,—
Hoarse, horrible, and strong,
How Long, On God, How Long?
slaves, or several of a lot, are recommended as "pious" or as "members of churches" Lately we saw a slave advertised, who, among other qualifications, was described as "a Baptist preacher."
'f STANZAS FOR THE TIMES
Is this the land our fathers loved,
The freedom which they toiled to win?
Is this the soil whereon they moved?
Are we the sons by whom are borne
The mantles which the dead have worn?
And shall we crouch above these graves,
Yoke in with marked and branded slaves,
Bend to the earth our pliant knees,
And speak — but as our masters please?
Shall outraged Nature cease to feel?
Shall Mercy's tears no longer flow?
The dungeon's gloom — the assassin's blow,
Of human skulls that shrine was made,
Before their loathsome idol prayed —
* The "Times" alluded to, were those evil times of the pro-slavery meeting in Faneuil Hall, for the suppression of freedom of speech, lest it should endanger the foundations of commercial society. In view of the oatrages which a careful observation of the times had enabled him to foresee must spring from the false witness horno against the abolitionists by the speakers at that meetings well might Garrison say of them, "I consider the man who fires a city, guiltless in comparison."