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[401] prayer by William Green, Jr., Dr. Cox read aloud these lines addressed to Mr. Garrison by Whittier, and first published in the Haverhill Gazette early in 1833,1 though composed during the previous year:

To W. L. G.2

Champion of those who groan beneath
     Oppression's iron hand:
In view of penury, hate, and death
     I see thee fearless stand,
Still bearing up thy lofty brow
     In the steadfast strength of truth,
In manhood sealing well the vow
     And promise of thy youth.

Go on,—for thou hast chosen well;
     On in the strength of God!
Long as one human heart shall swell
     Beneath the tyrant's rod.
Speak in a slumbering nation's ear
     As thou hast ever spoken,
Until the dead in sin shall hear,—
     The fetter's link be broken!

I love thee with a brother's love,
     I feel my pulses thrill
To mark thy spirit soar above
     The cloud of human ill.
My heart hath leaped to answer thine,
     And echo back thy words,
As leaps the warrior's at the shine
     And flash of kindred swords!

They tell me thou art rash and vain—
     A searcher after fame;
That thou art striving but to gain
     A long-enduring name;
That thou hast nerved the Afric's hand,
     And steeled the Afric's heart,
To shake aloft his vengeful brand
     And rend his chain apart.


1 Ante, p. 332.

2 writings of W. L. G., p. x.

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