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[40] felt at this moment to a considerable extent, and shall be felt in coming yearsnot perniciously, but beneficially β€” not as a curse, but as a blessing; and posterity will bear testimony that I was right. I desire to thank God that He enables me to disregard β€œthe fear of man which bringeth a snare,” and to speak his truth in its simplicity and power . ...

And here I close with this fresh dedication:

Oppression! I have seen thee, face to face,
And met thy cruel eye and cloudy brow;
But thy soul-withering glance I fear not now--
For dread to prouder feelings doth give place
Of deep abhorrence! Scouring the disgrace
Of slavish knees that at thy footstool bow,
I also kneel β€” but with far other vow
Do hail thee and thy herd of hirelings base:--
I swear, while life-blood warms my throbbing veins,
Still to oppose and thwart, with heart and hand,
Thy brutalizing sway-till Afric's chains
Are burst, and Freedom rules the rescued land,--

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