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[179] unquestionably the most perfect specimen he ever produced of his favorite style of versification:

Freedom of the mind.

High walls and huge the body may confine,1
And iron grates obstruct the prisoner's gaze,
And massive bolts may baffle his design,
And vigilant keepers watch his devious ways:
Yet scorns th' immortal mind this base control!
No chains can bind it, and no cell enclose:
Swifter than light, it flies from pole to pole,
And, in a flash, from earth to heaven it goes!
It leaps from mount to mount—from vale to vale
It wanders, plucking honeyed fruits and flowers;
It visits home, to hear the fireside tale,
Or in sweet converse pass the joyous hours:
'Tis up before the sun, roaming afar,
And, in its watches, wearies every star!

Mr. Garrison next addressed brief and caustic ‘Cards’2 to Judge Brice, Richard W. Gill, the prosecuting attorney for the State, and Henry Thompson, Todd's agent, which would have appeared in the May number of the Genius but for the timidity of the printers. Two months later,3 Lundy had his own office and printed them, with his usual fearlessness. Still another ‘Card,’ to Francis Todd, he sent to Mr. Buckingham, who promptly published it in the Boston Courier, and again spoke in complimentary terms of the young editor, whose career he had carefully watched from the outset. ‘We take the liberty,’ he added, ‘of prefixing two paragraphs from his private letter, which show, even more happily than the other, the complacency and serenity of his mind, and will teach his opponents a good lesson in the art of enduring misfortune’:

W. L. Garrison to Joseph T. Buckingham.

Baltimore, May 12, 1830.
4 Dear sir: I salute you from the walls of my prison! So weak is poor human nature, that commonly, the larger the building it occupies, the more it is puffed up with inordinate

1 Selections from Writings of W. L. G., p. 230.

2 May 13, 1830.

3 G. U. E., July, 1830, p. 54.

4 Boston Courier, May 24, 1830.

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