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And to future conflicts carry
Mutual faith and common trust ;
Always he who most forgiveth in his brother is most justo
From the eternal shadow rounding
All our sun and starlight here,
Voices of our lost ones sounding
Bid us be of heart and cheer,
Through the silence, down the spaces, falling on the inward ear.
Know we not our dead are looking
Downward with a sad surprise,
All our strife of words rebuking
With their mild and loving eyes ?
Shall we grieve the holy angels ? Shall we cloud their blessed
Let us draw their mantles o'er us
Which have fallen in our way ;
Let us do the work before us, ·
Cheerly, bravely, while we may,
Ere the long night-silence cometh, and with us it is not day!
FROM A LETTER TO A YOUNG OLERICAL FRIEND,
A STRENGTH Thy service cannot tire
A faith which doubt can never dim-
A heart of love, a lip of fire -
Oh! Freedom's God! be Thou to him!
Speak through him words of power and fear,
As through Thy prophet bards of old,
And let a scornful people hear
Once more Thy Sinai-thunders rolled.
For lying lips Thy blessing seek,
And hands of blood are raised to Thee, And on Thy children, crushed and weak,
The oppressor plants his kneeling knee.
Let then, oh, God! Thy servant dare
Thy truth in all its power to tell, Unmask the priestly thieves, and tear
The Bible from the grasp of hell !
From hollow rite and narrow span
Of law and sect by Thee released, Oh! teach him that the Christian man
Is holier than the Jewish priest.
Chase back the shadows, grey and old,
Of the dead ages, from his way, And let his hopeful eyes behold
The dawn of Thy millenial day ;
That day when fettered limb and mind
Shall know the truth which maketh free, And he alone who loves his kind
Shall, child-like, claim the love of Thee !
[DR. TAACHER, surgeon in SCAMMEL's regiment, in his description of the siege of Yorktown, says: “The labor on the Virginia plantations is performed altogether by a species of the human race cruelly wrested from their native country, and doomed to perpetual bondage, while their masters are manfully contending for freedom and the natural rights of man. Such is the inconsistency of human nature." Eighteen hundred slaves were found at Yorktown, after its surrender, and restored to their masters. Well was it said by DR. BARNES, in his late work on Slavery: “No slave was any nearer his freedom after the surrender of Yorktown, than when PATRICK HENRY first taught the notes of liberty to echo among the hills and vales of Virginia.”]
FROM Yorktown's ruins, ranked and still,
Two lines stretch far o'er vale and hill :
Who curbs his steed at head of one ?
Hark! the low murmur : Washington !
Who bends his keen, approving glance
Where down the gorgeous line of France
Shine knightly star and plume of snow ?
Thou too art victor, Rochambeau !
The earth which bears this calm array
Shook with the war charge yesterday,
Ploughed deep with hurrying hoof and wheel,
Shot-sown and bladed thick with steel ;
October's clear and noonday sun
Paled in the breath-smoke of the gun.
And down night's double blackness fell,
Like a dropped star, the blazing shell.
Now all is hushed : the gleaming lines
Stand moveless as the neighboring pines ;
While through them, sullen, grim, and slow,
The conquered hosts of England go :
O'Hara's brow belies his dress,
Gay Tarlton's troop ride bannerless :
Shout, from thy fired and wasted homes,
Thy scourge, Virginia, captive comes !
Nor thou alone : with one glad voice
Let all thy sister States rejoice ;
Let Freedom, in whatever clime
She waits with sleepless eye her time,
Shouting from cave and mountain wood,
Make glad her desert solitude,
While they who hunt her quail with fear :
The New World's chain lies broken here !
But who are they, who, cowering, wait
Within the shattered fortress gate ?
Dark tillers of Virginia's soil,
Classed with the battle's common spoil,
With household stuffs, and fowl, and swine,
With Indian weed and planters' wine,
With stolen beeves, and foraged corn -
Are they not men, Virginian born ?
Oh! veil your faces, young and brave !
Sleep, Scammel, in thy soldier grave !
Sons of the North-land, ye who set
Stout hearts against the bayonet,
And pressed with steady footfall near
The moated battery's blazing tier,
Turn your scarred faces from the sight,
Let shame do homage to the right!
Lo! threescore years have passed ; and where
The Gallic timbrel stirred the air,
With Northern drum-roll, and the clear,
Wild horn-blow of the mountaineer,
While Britain grounded on that plain
The arms she might not lift again,
As abject as in that old day
The slave still toils his life away.
Oh! fields still green and fresh in story,
Old days of pride, old names of glory,
Old marvels of the tongue and pen,
Old thoughts which stirred the hearts of men,
Ye spared the wrong; and over all
Behold the avenging shadow fall !
Your world-wide honor stained with shame
Your freedom's self a hollow name !
Where's now the flag of that old war ?
Where flows its stripe? Where burns its star?
Bear witness, Palo Alto's day,
Dark Vale of Palms, red Monterey,
Where Mexic Freedom, young and weak, .
Fleshes the Northern eagle's beak :
Symbol of terror and despair,
Of chains and slaves, go seek it there !
Laugh, Prussia, midst thy iron ranks !
Laugh, Russia, from thy Neva's banks!
Brave sport to see the fledgling born
Of Freedom by its parent torn!
Safe now is Speilberg's dungeon cell,
Safe drear Siberia’s frozen hell :
With Slavery's flag o'er both unrolled,
What of the New World fears the Old ?