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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 3. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Anti-Slavery Poems (search)
re the wench, and trip her! “ Plump dropped the holy tome, and o'er Its sacred pages stumbling, Bound hand and foot, a slave once more, The hapless wretch lay trembling. I saw the parson tie the knots, The while his flock addressing, The Scriptural claims of slavery With text on text impressing. ‘Although,’ said he, “on Sabbath day All secular occupations Are deadly sins, we must fulfil Our moral obligations: And this commends itself as one To every conscience tender; As Paul sent back Onesimus, My Christian friends, we send her! “ Shriek rose on shriek,—the Sabbath air Her wild cries tore asunder; I listened, with hushed breath, to hear God answering with his thunder! All still! the very altar's cloth Had smothered down her shrieking, And, dumb, she turned from face to face, For human pity seeking! I saw her dragged along the aisle, Her shackles harshly clanking; I heard the parson, over all, The Lord devoutly thanking! My brain took fire: ‘ Is this,’ I cried, “