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     A peaceful death-bed and a quiet grave
Where, ocean-walled, and wiser than his age,
     The lord of Shelter scorned the bigot's rage.

Aquidneck's isle, Nantucket's lonely shores,
     And Indian-haunted Narragansett saw
The way-worn travellers round their camp-fire draw,
     Or heard the plashing of their weary oars.
And every place whereon they rested grew
     Happier for pure and gracious womanhood,
And men whose names for stainless honor stood,
     Founders of States and rulers wise and true.
The Muse of history yet shall make amends
     To those who freedom, peace, and justice taught,
Beyond their dark age led the van of thought,
     And left unforfeited the name of Friends.
O mother State, how foiled was thy design!
     The gain was theirs, the loss alone was thine.

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