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[182] of his on the Slave Trade, in the first number, were his only poetical contribution to the paper; but during his imprisonment his muse seems to have been especially active, and besides the sonnets already given he wrote a third, entitled—

The guiltless prisoner.

Prisoner! within these gloomy walls close pent—
Guiltless of horrid crime or venial wrong—
Bear nobly up against thy punishment,
And in thy innocence be great and strong!
Perchance thy fault was love to all mankind;
Thou didst oppose some vile, oppressive law;
Or strive all human fetters to unblind;
Or wouldst not bear the implements of war:—
What then? Dost thou so soon repent the deed?
A martyr's crown is richer than a king's!
Think it an honor with thy Lord to bleed,
And glory 'midst intensest sufferings!
Though beat—imprisoned—put to open shame—
Time shall embalm and magnify thy name.

He furthermore wrote a series of twenty stanzas in fair1 Byronic metre, chiefly addressed to a young lady whom he had met but once, some three years before, but whose personal attractions had touched his susceptibilities. His incidental description of a Boston ‘election week’ or ‘June training’ has been quoted in a previous 2 chapter. Noticeable, also, is another poem of half a dozen stanzas, inspired by a speech of Senator Frelinghuysen, of New Jersey, in the United States Senate, in denunciation of the plots in Georgia to dispossess the Cherokee Indians of their lands. ‘If the dominant party in the Senate,’ wrote Mr. Garrison, in sending his poem3 to4 the Genius, ‘had not been more insensate than marble statues, or their hearts more impenetrable than polar ice, his speech would have effectually checked the rapacity of Georgia, and rescued the American name from eternal infamy. Their positive refusal to observe the faith of ’

1 Lib. 1.92.

2 Ante, p. 79.

3 First printed in the National Journal, Washington. It bore date ‘Baltimore Jail, May 22, 1830,’ and was ‘the hasty effusion of a moment.’

4 G. U. E., July, 1830, pp. 54, 55.

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