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“Was IT RIGHT,
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1848, BY B. B. MUSSEY & C 0. In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
BTEREOTYPED BY s. N. DICKINgoN. Boston
I LovE the old melodious lays
The songs of Spenser's golden days,
Arcadian Sidney's silvery phrase,
Sprinkling our noon of time with freshest morning dew.
Yet, vainly in my quiet hours
I feel them, as the leaves and flowers
In silence feel the dewy showers,
The rigor of a frozen clime,
The jarring words of one whose rhyme
Beat often Labor's hurried time,
Of mystic beauty, dreamy grace,
Unskilled the subtle lines to trace
Or softer shades of Nature's face,
I view her common forms with unanointed eyes.
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Nor mine the seer-like power to show The secrets of the heart and mind;
To drop the plummet-line below
Our common world of joy and woe,
A more intense despair or brighter hope to find.
Yet here at least an earnest sense Of human right and weal is shown;
A hate of tyranny intense,
And hearty in its vehemence,
As if my brother's pain and sorrow were my own.
Oh Freedom l if to me belong Nor mighty Milton's gift divine, Nor Marvel's wit and graceful song, Still with a love as deep and strong As theirs, I lay, like them, my best gifts on thy shrine ! A*, 11th mo., 1847.