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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 4. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Appendix (search)
utumn's rainbow hues no longer seen? Flows the ‘Green River’ through its vale no more? Steals not thy ‘Rivulet’ by its banks of green? Wheels upward from its dark and sedgy shore Thy ‘Water Fowl’ no longer?—that the mean And vulgar strife, the ranting and the roar Extempore, like Bottom's should be thine,— Thou feeblest truck-horse in the Hero's line! Lost trio! —turn ye to the minstrel pride Of classic Britain. Even effeminate Moore Has cast the wine-cup and the lute aside For Erin and O'Connell; and before His country's altar, Bulwer breasts the tide Of old oppression. Sadly brooding o'er The fate of heroes struggling to be free, Even Campbell speaks for Poland. Where are ye? Hirelings of traitors!—know ye not that men Are rousing up around ye to retrieve Our country's honor, which too long has been Debased by those for whom ye daily weave Your web of fustian; that from tongue and pen Of those who o'er our tarnished honor grieve, Of the pure-hearted and the gifted