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Let Austin's total shipwreck say.1
He never spoke a word too much—
Except of Story, or some such,2
Whom, though condemned by ethics strict,3
The heart refuses to convict.
Beyond, a crater in each eye,
Sways brown, broad-shouldered Pillsbury,4
Who tears up words like trees by the roots,
A Theseus in stout cowhide boots,
The wager of eternal war
Against that loathsome Minotaur
To whom we sacrifice each year
The best blood of our Athens here—
(Dear M., pray brush up your Lempriere.)
A terrible denouncer he,
Old Sinai burns unquenchably
Upon his lips; he well might be a
Hot-blazing soul from fierce Judaea,
Habakkuk, Ezra, or Hosea.
His words burn as with iron searers,
And nightmare-like he mounts his hearers,
Spurring them like avenging Fate, or
As Waterton his alligator.
5 Hard by, as calm as summer even,
Smiles the reviled and pelted Stephen,6
The unappeasable Boanerges
To all the Churches and the Clergies,
The grim savant who, to complete
His own peculiar cabinet,
Contrived to label with his kicks
One from the followers of Hicks;7
2 Joseph Story;
4 Parker Pillsbury, though a native of Massachusetts, became identified by his home life and anti-slavery labors principally with New Hampshire. He succeeded to the editorship of the Herald of Freedom when N. P. Rogers broke with his old associates. His autobiography is to be gathered from his “ Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles.” ‘Could you know him and his history, you would value him,’ wrote Wendell Phillips to Elizabeth Pease, Jan. 10, 1853 (Ms.). ‘Originally a wagoner, he earned enough to get educated. When just ready to be settled, the Faculty of Andover Theological Institution threatened him that they would never recommend him to a parish unless he gave up speaking in anti-slavery meetings. He chose us, and sacrificed all the benefits (worldly and pecuniary) of his hard-earned education. His course since has been worthy of this beginning.’
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