Resolved, That it is nowhere enjoined as a religious duty, by Christ or his apostles, upon any man, that he should connect himself with any association, by whatever name called; but all are left free to act singly, or in conjunction with others, according to their own free choice.While the glow of this truly spiritual occasion was still on him, Mr. Garrison produced four sonnets, which contain the pith of his contributions to the theological interchange of the Chardon-Street Convention. They appeared in successive numbers of the Liberator, under1 the titles, ‘The Bible,’ ‘Holy Time,’ ‘Worship,’ ‘The True Church.’ As poesy, none deserves to be quoted entire. As landmarks, they may yield a line or two. From the first, ‘The Bible’: O Book of Books! though skepticism flout2
Thy sacred origin, thy worth decry;
Though transcendental3 folly give the lie
To what thou teachest; though the critic doubt
This fact, that miracle, and raise a shout
Of triumph o'er each incongruity
He in thy pages may perchance espy, . . .
Thy oracles are holy and divine. . . .