Whate'er we deem Oppression's prop,5The conclusion of the struggle for the acceptance of the disunion policy was marked by a bit of scenic effect. On the evening of the last day of the Convention, C. C. Burleigh presented in its behalf to Mr. Garrison, as President of the American Anti-Slavery Society, a silken banner (still preserved), bearing on one side a satirical symbol of American oppression,—the national eagle with one foot7 on the Constitution and the other on a prostrate slave, with accessories,—and on the reverse this inscription:
Time-honored though it be,
We break, nor fear the heavens will drop
Because the earth is free.6
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1 Ante, p. 101.
Make our Union-bond a chain,These lines, however, like the entire poem, ‘Texas,’ were much altered and weakened by the writer's second thought.
We will snap its links in twain,
We will stand erect again.
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