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[467] anti-slavery society. Meantime, his sermon had made the Norfolk (Va.) Beacon (a colonization organ) explicitly1 give him up as ranged under the banners of Garrison.

In this year 1834 now passing from view, the American nativity of the editor of the Liberator was first doubted and denied. His deep feeling for Newburyport, not smothered by a later attachment (also of the deepest) for his adopted city, Boston, found expression in the following sonnet:

Whether a persecuted child of thine2
     Thou deign to own, my lovely native place!
In characters that time can not efface,
     Thy worth is graved upon this heart of mine.
Forsake me not in anger, nor repine
     That with this nation I am in disgrace:
From ruthless bondage to redeem my race,
     And save my country, is my great design.
How much soe'er my conduct thou dost blame,
     (For Hate and Calumny belie my course,)
My labors shall not sully thy fair fame;
     But they shall be to thee a fountain-source
Of joyfulness hereafter—when my name
     Shall e'en from tyrants a high tribute force.

1 Lib. 4.193.

2 Lib. 4.15; Writings of W. L. G., p. 173.

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